Plenty of Brooklynites pay $1,247/month or more for the privilege of inhabiting a single room in a multi-bedroom apartment they share with strangers. The lucky winners of the affordable housing lottery for units in Dumbo’s 181 Front St. will pay as much for their own private three-bedroom luxury rental.
The lottery, open to applications as of tomorrow, has 21 newly constructed units available: nine one-bedrooms, eleven two-bedrooms and a single three-bedroom. Households of one to six people respectively making between $32,057 and $64,060 a year per family are eligible. The one-bedrooms rent for $895 a month, the two-bedrooms for $1,082/month and the three-bedroom for $1,247.
In addition to the fact that you’ll be paying the kind of rent money that usually earns you little more than a windowless basement shoebox of an apartment, the building also offers a host of amenities. There’s a gym, a playroom, a 24-hour doorman, roof access, bike storage and (for an additional fee) onsite parking.
The area ain’t shabby either: the building is a block from the F train and a stop from Manhattan. Brooklyn Heights is a jaunt away and Brooklyn Bridge Park is down the block. It is very loud, though, thanks to the neighborhood’s namesake, its location Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass (fun fact, the nabe’s name was created as an effort by residents to make it sound as unappealing as possible to deter gentrification).
Currently under construction, the building spans 12 stories and was supposed to be completed last year, Brownstoner reported.
Preference for half the units will go to residents of Brooklyn Community Board 2 (covering Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and a number of other neighborhoods), five percent of units will go to Municipal employees and an additional ten percent will go to applicants with mobility, vision, or hearing disabilities.
To apply, check out NYC Housing Connect – you can either send in your application or apply online. Don’t let yourself be scammed: there’s no broker’s fee and no application fee, so if someone tells you otherwise they’re either misinformed or want your money for themselves. Also, this is a smoke-free building.
Applications are due May 1.
There are five other affordable housing lotteries open in Brooklyn as of writing, so get busy applying, Brokesters, because many of them close this month. Also, if you are eligible and get called back as a Chosen One to be considered for a unit, there will be an additional screening process with more criteria to qualify.