Apply for a 100% non-toxic $895/month 1-bedroom in Gowanus

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Will you live there long enough to see this kind of transformation of the Gowanus? Probably not

The surest way to never have to write an essay about leaving Brooklyn is to not get the kind of traumatic brain injury that lets you think that’s a good idea. The second surest way to do that is to not leave, but that’s getting harder what with it always being expensive to live here. So it’s time to take your shot at yet another affordable apartment, this time from the Lightstone apartment project at 365 Bond Street. 86 below-market rate studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are waiting for you, provided of course you win a lottery.

Starting today you can apply on Housing Connect for one of 20 $833/month studios if you make between $29,932 and $36,300/year, 48 $895 one-bedroom apartments if you make between $32,092 and $41,460/year depending on household size and 18 $1,082/month 2-bedroom apartments if you make between $38,538 and $51,780/year depending on your household size. 50% of the units are earmarked for people who live in Community Board 6, so the odds are with you if you live in the general area around the project, but no matter where you live, make sure you get your application in by January 6, 2016.

The building itself has bike parking, in-unit washers and dryers and a roof deck for a barbecue, and so far none of those things are being called off-limits to below-market tenants. Hopefully, for your sake, you took that class on how to increase your odds of snagging one of these places, so you can beat out the thousands of other people who are going to want one. Even when the Gowanus Canal winds up never looking like that very, very optimistic rendering up there, your cheap apartment will be a great place to ride out the real estate storm until the next crash or watch the next person swim in the murky waters you’ll live on. It will be a bad place to be if there’s another hurricane, but come on, what are the odds of that? Or that there’s a secret escape plan for the people with market rate apartments that leave all you affordable housing tenants trapped by shit water? Very low, probably!

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