Affordable Lottery Opens for 19 Units in Former Factory in Bushwick, Starting at $2,098 a Month

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An affordable housing lottery has opened for 19 newly constructed units in a five-story building at 336 Himrod Street in Bushwick. Like other recent lotteries, this one begs the question of what affordable means in this context, as these units are not much cheaper than their market rate neighbors.

The building was the former home of Dannenhoffer’s Glass Works, and is now simply called “Glassworks.” A ghost sign that says “Dannenhoffer’s Opalescent” has been painted over and made more prominent.

Of the affordable apartments, there are three studios, six one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedroom apartments. Rents start at $2,098 a month for the studios, $2,255 a month for the one-bedrooms and top out at $2,715 a month for the two-bedroom apartments.

The lottery is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $71,932 and $146,510 for households of one to five people.

In comparison, current market-rate one-bedrooms in the building start at $2,500 a month, and two-bedrooms start at $3,200 a month, according to the building’s website.

In total, there are 63 units in the building. Parking for 32 bicycles and 12 cars, laundry, both indoor and outdoor recreation space and a roof deck are also to be found, according to building permits. The lottery listing says the building will include a gym.

The property in February 2015. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

The property in February 2015. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

The architect of record is David B. Cutler of Hustvedt Cutler Architects. The firm is also behind the nearby church conversion at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also includes affordable units at near market-rate rents.

Here, the firm constructed around the original factory, placing two new buildings on either side.

Ari Heckman if ASH NYC is the developer. He and Jonathan Minkoff, the co-founder of ASH NYC, apparently worked on “housing for hipsters” at Cayuga Capital before leaving to start ASH in 2008. Cayuga was at one time the developer of the church.

They partnered on the project with owner Martin Lomazow, whose family has owned the property for a number of years.

Photo via EXR

Photo via EXR

Leasing for market-rate units began in June 2018. Based on the listing photos, the units have large windows and some incorporate exposed brick and wood. The open kitchens have a sleek, modern style, with all white cabinets. Some of the units appear to have a small terrace, but it’s unclear if these will be included in the affordable units.

Photo via EXR

Photo via EXR

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by September 14. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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