Well, this is a rare real estate opportunity: Applications just opened today for affordable rentals in a massive, mixed-use building by luxury developer the Durst Organization (they of Via 57 West, the ship-like modern rental rising on the West Side Highway). These are in Midtown, with apartments available for as little as $566/month to qualified applicants.
A total of 75 affordable apartments are up for grabs at 855 Avenue of the Americas, a complex that, all told, will have 375 rental units, alongside massive amounts of ground-floor retail space. (There'll be separate entrances, so you presumably wouldn't have to go through, say, a Forever 21 just to get in and out of your apartment.)
According to the listing on NYC Housing Connect, the apartments are a mix of studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms ranging from $566 to $930 a month, for qualified applicants with household incomes between $20,743 and $43,150, depending on apartment and family size. (The full list of requirements is below—click to enlarge):
The listing notes that there will be a 24-hour attended lobby, coin-operated laundry room, and for additional fees, a bike room and "recreational facilities." (We assume those are the "roof terrace, pool, and basketball court" mentioned in the Durst Organizations planning documents.)
As YIMBY has previously reported, the complex is expected to be finished in April, and per usual with this type of affordable housing, preference for half of the apartments will be given to current neighborhood residents of Manhattan's Community Board 5 (check the boundaries here to see if you're technically in the area).
If you're interested and think you qualify, brush up on our application tips here, and either apply online via NYC Housing Connect, or request a paper application by sending a self addressed envelope to EOS c/o Breaking Ground, PO Box 3620937 New York, NY 10129. (Note: don't try to apply more than once, or you could wind up disqualified.) Applications are due on April 11th—happy hunting.
Note: BrickUnderground is not affiliated with New York City public housing. If you are interested in applying to this or other affordable housing developments,please go to the NYC Housing Connect website for information and instructions.