Street view of Emsemble; Map data © 2020 Google
On the border of East Flatbush and Crown Heights, a 100-name waitlist has just opened for middle-income apartments at 824 East New York Avenue. The building, known as the Ensemble, was built in 2018 and is known for its facade adorned with colorful murals. As Bklyner reported, the piece was done by Argentinian artists Ariel Rouco and Augusto Turallas, who worked with the owners to represent the area’s different cultures. The units range from $1,800/month studios to $2,600/month two-bedrooms and are available to those earning 130 percent of the area median income. Those selected will receive six months free rent.
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The next culprit in a long list of the city’s non-affordable “affordable” housing lotteries is an opportunity for “middle-income” New Yorkers to apply for 28 units at East Flatbush’s new rental Ensemble. It’s available to New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the median income, which begs the question: Is a single person earning $95,000 a year really in need of subsidized housing? But the most questionable part of this lottery is that it’s offering “six months free rent on the last six months of one and two-year leases.” Rental concessions like this are typically reserved for market-rate buildings that are having trouble leasing or need to attract tenants in a slow market. But since these affordable rents are minimally lower than the market-rate, maybe it’s operating as such.
Is $2,600/month affordable?