Affordable housing waitlist reopens for Hamilton Heights’ PS 186, starting at $526/month

Posted On Mon, February 24, 2020 By

Posted On Mon, February 24, 2020 By In affordable housing, Hamilton Heights, housing lotteries

Street View of PS 186 in 2018, Map data © 2020 Google

Back in 2016, Dattner Architects completed the restoration of a former early 20th-century school building in Hamilton Heights to a mixed-income affordable rental building that also serves as a new home for the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. The Residences at PS 186 launched their first affordable housing lottery back then, and they’ve now opened up spots on a re-rental waiting list. New Yorkers earning 40, 60, 130, or 165 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply for units ranging from $526/month studios to $3,142/month two-bedrooms.

The building at 525 West 145th Street was built in 1901 by famed public school architect C.B.J. Snyder in the Italian Renaissance style. It features his signature elements such as an H-shaped layout, three-tiered windows, and mid-block location. It functioned as a school until 1975, and then was purchased in 1980 by the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, though they did not operate there as it had fallen into disrepair. When Dattner Architects came on board, they restored the facade, as well as many historic interior details, converting the structure into 78 affordable apartments and space for the Club.

Building amenities include a live-in super, laundry room, elevator, community room, and bike room. It’s on the same block as the 145th Street 1 train station and just a few blocks from the A, C, B, and D trains at 145th and St. Nicholas. Plus, Riverbank State Park and St. Nicholas Park are quick walks away.

Qualifying New Yorkers can enter the waitlist for the affordable units until March 25, 2020. After that, 200 eligible applications will be randomly selected and added to a waitlist for future vacancies. Complete details on how to apply are available here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

If you don’t qualify, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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