Ever dream of trading in your windowless room-that-doubles-as-an-arts-studio for a deluxe apartment in the sky, or maybe just something mouse-free with a window? If you’re like me, or the Jeffersons, consider heading over to a seminar on affordable housing for artists at The Schermerhorn, a newly constructed condo/artist haven, on Tuesday at 6pm. The event will provide details on the the 100 subsidized studio apartments up for grabs in the 217-unit building. That’s right: 100 apartments, just for artist types. So what makes this building different from every other walkup in Brooklyn?
The studios are reserved specifically for “actors, screenwriters, musicians, dancers, editors, composers, set designers, producers, singers, directors and other performing arts and entertainment professionals” and are very affordably priced (monthly rent starts at $635). You have to be a resident of Community Board 2 (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Downtown, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Vinegar Hill) and earn between $21,770 and $33,660 a year, which, last we checked, was true for most artists we know.
The building isn’t some nouveau McKibbin lofts either: each apartment has a private bath and full kitchen; building amenities include a 24/7 security staff, coin-op laundry facility, fitness room, computer lab, and indoor and outdoor spaces for relaxation including a rooftop garden. Plus, The Schermerhorn is home to a 2,000 square foot state-of-the-art performance space and multipurpose room, which residents and community arts organizations use for rehearsals, performances and exhibitions.
The remaining non-artist units will go to formerly homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS or mental health needs, so you won’t exactly be living next to an annoying banker if you win one of the coveted spots. Since there are dozens of artists in practically every building in Kings County, I recommend you reserve your space ahead of time. The event is sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council in conjunction with the Actors Fund and Common Ground.
The Schermerhorn info session, 160 Schermerhorn St., Tuesday. Doors and networking, 6:00-6:30pm; presentation and Q&A, 6:30-7:30 pm.