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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

1530 Story Avenue, Soundview, affordable housing

Rendering via L+M Development

A housing lottery has just launched for 223 mixed-income apartments in the new South Bronx building located at 1520 Story Avenue, known as Story Avenue West. The rental building is one of two new structures at the site, part of the Lafayette-Boynton residential complex in the Soundview neighborhood, developed by Nelson Management Group and L+M Development Partners. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 30, 50, 60, 90 and 110 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, which range from $389/month studios to $2,066/month three-bedrooms.

Find out how to apply

Bronx, Transportation

Photo via Flickr

On Wednesday U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled that the MTA was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to install elevators when it renovated a Bronx subway station. The ruling is the result of a 2016 lawsuit initiated by Bronx Independent Living Services after the MTA refused to make a the Middletown Road elevated subway station in the Bronx wheelchair accessible, though the $27 million renovation included new floors, walls, ceilings and stairs to the street and the train platform, Gothamist reports. Ramos’ ruling stated that the MTA is obligated to install an elevator, regardless of cost, unless it is technically infeasible.

Really, MTA?

Bronx, gentrification, mott haven, real estate trends

View from the Grand Concourse; photo courtesy of Dan DeLuca via Flickr.

According to an analysis by Property Shark, the area surrounding the thoroughfare once known as the “Park Avenue of the Middle Class” has seen an elevated housing demand that has brought median home sales prices along with it, showing an increase in just 5 years that ranges from 56.2 percent in Bedford Park to a whopping 124.5 percent in Mott Haven.

Bronx rising, this way

Bronx, Transportation

Photo via Flickr cc

Bronx residents who ride the B and D lines, take note: beginning today and lasting for three weeks, maintenance, cleaning, and repair work will cause the MTA to close stations between 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and Norwood-205th Street from 9:30pm to 5am as part of their larger Subway Action Plan.

All the details

affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

A rendering of 988 East 180th Street, courtesy of the office of Ritchie Torres

It’s been over two years since work got underway to demolish 14 building at the Bronx’s 1970s-era Lambert Houses and replace them with taller towers that will hold 1,665 affordable apartments. In addition to doubling the site’s number of affordable units, the $600 million project will have a public school and three times the amount of retail space. Though the entire overhaul won’t be complete for another 11-12 years, applications are now being accepted for the first new residential building (h/t Welcome2TheBronx). The 49 below-market-rate residences are reserved for those earning 60 or 100 percent of the area median income and range from $761/month studios to $1,600/month two-bedrooms.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

The Parkchester Oval, via Wiki Commons

Last week, it was announced that the Parkchester section of the Bronx, served only by the 6 train, would be receiving a new Metro-North station, connecting it to Penn Station. And for those New Yorkers who qualify for the city’s newest affordable housing lottery–earning 40, 60, or 100 percent of the area median income–there’s a chance to get into the neighborhood on the heels of this news. There are 174 mixed-income apartments up for grabs at the new, two-building development Westchester Mews, and they range from $462/month studios to $1,888/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

Bronx, Cool Listings

811 Walton Avenue, cool listings, concourse, bronx

Baseball fans take note: In addition to being surrounded by parks in a classic pre-war building with renovated interiors and plenty of amenities, this one-bedroom at 811 Walton Avenue in the Bronx is just across the street from Yankee Stadium. Asking $279,000, this cozy co-op in the aptly-named Yankee Arms been refreshed, renewed, modernized and architecturally optimized while retaining its pre-war bones.

Have a closer look

Bronx, Transportation

The Bronx is getting four new Metro-North stations

By Dana Schulz, Tue, January 22, 2019

Aerial view of Co-op City via Wiki Commons

According to Governor Cuomo, the MTA, Empire State Development, and Amtrak have reached an agreement to build four new Metro-North Railroad stations along an underutilized rail line in the east Bronx, giving this very much underserved area access to Penn Station. The “transit desert,” as the press release calls it, will receive stations at Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-op City. And considering the Bronx had the most approved residential units last year, the news couldn’t come at a better time. The buried news here is that this will also be the first time Metro-North will come into Penn Station.

What’s the timeline?

Featured Story

Art, Bronx, Features, Transportation

Beacons (2018) © Rico Gaston, NYCT 167th Street Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Audre Lorde portrait derived from a photo by Jack Mitchell

A series of bright mosaic murals created by artist Rico Gatson was revealed last week at the 167th Street B, D station in the Bronx, which recently reopened after months of repair work. The artwork, “Beacons,” features eight portraits of figures who have contributed to culture and society and who also have a special connection to the broader New York City community. Figures honored include Gil Scott-Heron, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Reggie Jackson, and Sonia Sotomayor.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Interiors

The hipster-taxidermy theme may be a bit strange, but that aside, everything about this Bronx co-op at 860 Grand Concourse is perfect–especially the $450,000 price tag. As the listing says, the spacious, two-bedroom spread is “contemporary, classic and sophisticated,” with an infusion of colorful, quirky decor. And if moving to our northernmost borough seems like a hike, think again. With a location in the Grand Concourse Historic District just three blocks from Yankee Stadium, that means the building is equally close to the 4, B, and D trains, as well as right next to the shops at Concourse Village. Read more

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