10/31/16 1:00pm
Apply now for a $368/month studio apartment in this fancy Greenpoint complex

Not shown in the rendering: you looking out the window of your new affordable studio. via 6sqft.com

Rent is due tomorrow, and you’re probably feeling the squeeze today— or at least asking yourself why you still pay $950/month to sleep in a closet.

But just in time for the last day of the month, there’s hope for a better future. Brick Underground reports that an affordable housing lottery is now open at Five Blue Slip, one of a trio of low-rise condos going up as part of that Greenpoint Landing mega-project that was announced last year.

102 affordable units are available in the building, and boast actually-affordable rent costs starting at just $368/month for a studio. Heck, that’s probably around what you pay for your artist studio or co-working space right now. And you can’t even shower or cook in those!

No one’s thrilled about losing a view to condos, even low-rise ones. But it’s happening, and the best way to stick it to the developers is to score a cheap unit at below market value.  (more…)

12/04/15 9:04am
If you lived here, you'd be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you'd be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

A gift to you: A way to live in Greenpoint without being a rich investment banker. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

Greenpoint Landing is coming whether you want it to or not, and if you’ve reached the “acceptance” stage in your thinking about the neighborhood being added to Greenpoint, it’s time to take the next step: taking advantage of what it can offer you. Specifically, below-market rate housing, with apartments as cheap as $494/month, $532/month and $647/month through the housing lottery that just opened for the project’s first building at 92 Commercial Street. Have you been a good human this year? Well then maybe Santa will bring you a winning housing lottery application. (more…)

08/24/15 2:00pm
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Brooklyn leads the city in this. Cool. Photo by David Colon

We love a good old-fashioned rent panic as much as the next web site (whether it be maps of high rents here or news of high rents leaking into neighboring areas), but that doesn’t mean we don’t like good real estate news either. For instance, guess which borough leads the city in the construction of affordable housing? Hopefully you guessed “Brooklyn,” because that’s the correct answer and also this is a Brooklyn-based website, so why would you expect us to write really nice things about other boroughs? (more…)

06/29/15 10:11am
If you lived here, you'd be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you'd be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

If you lived here, you’d be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you’d be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

Greenpoint Landing, the multi-tower development coming to Greenpoint that’s so big they had to name it like a new neighborhood, is definitely coming to Greenpoint, whether you’re ready for it or not. The project wasn’t all that popular when it was announced, so now there’s a sweetener to the development, with some front-loaded affordable housing on the first buildings going up, according to DNA Info. So on the one hand, you’re getting those big towers, but on the other hand, there are going to be $400 and $500/month apartments ready for you by 2017.  (more…)

02/04/14 3:57pm

Enjoy the view. While you can.

Everywhere you looked, glass-walled luxury apartments were springing up around New York like so many unwanted genital warts in Bloomberg’s New York. And while we could hope that Bill de Blasio would be the kind of guy to seize One57 and turn it into a luxury homeless shelter, he’s probably not going to do that. But at least we can be content with knowing that the rich will be sweating when de Blasio forgets to pay New York’s utility bills, since a new study says that those great glass views become great glass ovens when the power goes out. (more…)

09/17/13 3:53pm
Will Greenpoint Landing land on us?

Will Greenpoint Landing land on us?

It seems that no matter how many times mean bloggers refer to them as “hideous” and “eyesores” or say they’re “popping up like so many genital warts,” developers keep at it with Miami-style condos on the Brooklyn waterfront. The newest battle for the waterfront is in Greenpoint, where the Greenpoint Landing project (seen above) is fixing to show up but not really fit into Greenpoint. Community Board 1 has already voted against the project, and tonight there’s another meeting about it at Borough Hall, where you’re invited to have your say. (more…)

05/07/13 4:01pm
Greenpoint Landing landed on them. via Inhabitat

Greenpoint Landing landed on them. via Inhabitat

Selling north Brooklyn’s waterfront to the highest bidder has become something of an art form during the Bloomberg administration, and yet somehow the people who they sell it to never get any better selling the public on their plans. The latest misstep comes courtesy of the people behind the hideous Greenpoint Landing, which already has the disadvantage of having a name that sounds like a WASP golf course. Greenpointers reports things didn’t go well at a public meeting on the project, almost from the start:

“’We’re creating a neighborhood on the waterfront.’

These were the poorly-chosen words of Melanie Meyers, a representative for the Greenpoint Landing development. “

Welp, that’s certainly one way to present yourself to the neighborhood fiercely protective of the uh, community, that they’ve built there over most of a century. It doesn’t sound like it got much better after that, be sure to read the whole post. Here’s a little unsolicited advice: offer another waterfront park to make people forget that one.