Last Day to Apply for Lottery for Three $2,250 One-Bedroom Units in Williamsburg

Rendering of 37 Montrose Avenue via BMG Architects


An affordable housing lottery has opened for three units in a newly constructed five-story building at 37 Montrose Avenue in Williamsburg, down the block from Sternberg Park.

All three of the affordable units are one-bedrooms. The rent for each is $2,250 a month.

The lottery, which opened July 4, is set an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $77,143 and $122,070 for households of one to three people.

Boaz Golani of BMG and BEAM is the architect of record. The firm is also behind a rusty steel building at 30 Belvedere Street in Bushwick but mostly work in the Bronx.

The owner is Barry Himmel of Chaverim Realty Corporation. They have owned the property since 1998.

The building has a total of 10 units. There will be an elevator, roof deck and laundry, according to building permits.

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Photo via Compass

Leasing for market-rate units began in May, with rents starting at $2,800 for a one-bedroom with one bathroom, or $550 more than an affordable one-bedroom. Based on the listing photos, all of the units have open kitchens, new appliances and hardwood floors throughout. Some of the kitchens have dark wood cabinets above the sink and stove, while most of the bathrooms appear to have subway tile in the shower.


Photo via StreetEasy

Some of the units have balconies, but it’s not clear if the these are included in the affordable units. There are paintings in the building by the artist Elise Black, who also handled “design direction” and “bespoke details,” according to the building’s website.

37 Montrose Avenue in September 2017. Photo by Google Maps

37 Montrose Avenue in September 2017. Photo via Google Maps

The site was formerly a one-story auto repair garage, and most recently housed a vintage store.

37 Montrose Avenue in 2012. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

37 Montrose Avenue in 2012. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by Wednesday, July 25. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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