SRO

Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upper West Side 

There is perhaps no greater testament to New York City’s appeal than the abundance of itty bitty, overpriced apartments in appealing neighborhoods. And this Upper West Side residence might just take the cake. The lister of the SRO at 148 West 70th Street at least appreciates how ridiculous the setup is. The apartment, located an avenue and a half from Central Park, is a measly 68 square feet – “yup you read that right,” the listing reads. A fifth-floor walkup in a brownstone with a communal bathroom, the apartment is renting for a whopping $950/month.

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affordable housing, Hell's Kitchen, housing lotteries

330 West 51st Street, Hell's Kitchen SRO, NYC SRO, NYC affordable housing

View of 330-332 West 51st Street via Google Stret View

Just about a year ago, nine $774/month SROs at Stardom Hall at 330 West 51st Street became available through the city’s affordable housing lottery. While it was quite the deal–more so for its location on what is arguably Hell’s Kitchen’s most foodie-friendly block–the units had shared-floor bathrooms and just kitchenettes. But if those aren’t deterrents for you, 13 more units at the building next door, 332, are now up for grabs, asking $714/month. They’re available to single persons currently residing in Manhattan Community Board 4 and earning 60 percent of the area median income.

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affordable housing, Hell's Kitchen, housing lotteries

330 West 51st Street, Hell's Kitchen SRO, NYC SRO, NYC affordable housing

If you earn between $24,480 and $38,100 annually, live alone in Manhattan Community Board 4, and don’t mind sharing a bathroom with your neighbors, this might be the housing lottery for you. Nine $774/month SROs are up for grabs at Stardom Hall at 330 West 51st Street in Hell’s Kitchen. The brownstone tenement occupies half of a single room occupancy complex, one of only four left in the neighborhood. The units do come with kitchenettes, and there’s a community room, backyard, laundry room, and on-site social services for low-income or formerly homeless households with special needs. Plus, it’s located on one of the trendiest restaurant blocks in the ‘hood (Ippudo, Aria Wine Bar, and Maria Pia, to name a few).

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