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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Midwood

As we recently noted, “Midwood might not yet be considered an up-and-coming ‘hood,” but it is getting a Target and the food hall treatment, which seems to be NYC’s answer to the “Whole Foods effect.” And for New Yorkers who are keen to get in at the very beginning of a possible transformation, the city’s latest affordable housing lottery could be just the answer. As of today, middle-income households earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for 15 units at the newly constructed rental 1930 Avenue M. It’s located right at the corner of Ocean Avenue, which in recent years has seen a surge of new residential development. The available apartments range from $1,350/month studios to $2,050/month two-bedrooms.

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Architecture, Midwood, New Developments

1508 Coney Island Avenue, Baruch Singer, SHoP Architects

Midwood might not yet be considered an up-and-coming ‘hood, but this new mixed-use project from trendy architects SHoP might be the first step. CityRealty spotted renderings for a 10-story commercial building at 1508 Coney Island Avenue, which will be one of the largest in the area. Preliminary outlines detail three floors of medical offices, three floors for non-profit offices, and two floors for co-working. Plus, there will be two levels of parking, two levels of retail, an event space, restaurant, and, of course, food hall. And while SHoP’s design for the exterior seems pretty straightforward, the interiors take on a bit more of a fantastical approach.

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affordable housing, Brooklyn, housing lotteries

Photo of Marine Park via NYC Parks

A lottery launched this week for nine middle-income apartments in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located at 2802 Kings Highway, the building sits at a nexus of Madison and Marine Park, which is home to Brooklyn’s largest public park. Nearby transit options include the B and Q trains, as well as a slew of Brooklyn-bound buses. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the one-bedrooms for $1,700/month or two-bedrooms for $2,200/month.

Find out if you qualify

Art, Brooklyn, Celebrities

Photo by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic

Banksy is at it again. Last Friday, we highlighted the 70-foot mural on the Houston Bowery Wall depicting the Turkish artist Zehra Dogan’s unjust prison sentence. Now the elusive street artist is taking credit for two murals on a derelict site slated for redevelopment in Midwood, Brooklyn, reports Hyperallergic.

One of the murals depicts a man in a suit and hard hat (most likely a real estate developer), cracking a whip that looks like a stock market up arrow, over a group of children and adults desperate to get away. Coincidence or not, Trump has properties in nearby Coney Island. The mural is classic Banksy commentary on the evils and influence of capitalism.

Details on the second piece

Brooklyn, Celebrities, History, People

1584 East 9th Street, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Midwood Brooklyn

Though news this week has been focused on President Obama choosing Merrick Garland as the next Supreme Court justice, it’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg who’s been grabbing headlines for most of the recent past. And as Brownstoner recently pointed out, “the Notorious RBG, as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known to her fans, shares a home borough with the original Notorious title holder — the late rapper Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G.”

Learn all about RBG’s Brooklyn roots

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