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Town Hall Meetings Scheduled This Week, With Advice Provided on Snagging an Affordable Unit on LIC Waterfront

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Sept. 28, 2014 By Christian Murray

Sunnyside and Woodside residents will get their chance to learn how to apply for an affordable rental unit on the Long Island City waterfront this week.

The application period to snag an apartment in the Hunters Point South complex is expected to begin shortly and Community Board 2 leaders—along with the development company– will be holding two meetings this week telling residents how to apply,

The applicants will be aiming to get one of the 925 affordable apartments that are expected to be completed early next year.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, at the Sunnyside Community Services Center at 7pm. A second meeting will be held at the Big Six Towers on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.

Community Board 2 residents—who currently live in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City—will be given priority over outside applicants on 50% of the units.

The income requirements are broad and tailored more toward middle income earners. For example, units have been set aside for individuals/families who make very little to those who make up to $190,000, based on numbers released last year by the Bloomberg administration.

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Just go to to register so you can be notified by email when the lottery process starts which is 10/15/2014.

The website also mentions connect which is where all “affordable” housing program is administered. Hunters Point South is just one of such developments. I’ve read it accepts pets with 75 pound weight restrictions.

It is a sad state of affairs that we have to beg for crumbs so that developers can use our tax money to get either tax exempt bonds or tax breaks. But this is what we have and what we can do for now to try to provide decent housing for ourselves.


This meeting was a disorganized pile of BS!!! It was just a cheap publicity stunt for Van Bramer and a marketing pitch for the developers.
Nothing of interest was communicated. If you have access to the internet- you can get all the info you need.
Don’t waste your time going to these “meetings”. People were being turned away from the meeting in Sunnyside as the community center they used was over the allowable capacity.
And- the income guidelines are just a JOKE! You either have to be dirt poor and on food stamps or upper middle class to qualify for this.
A single person with a true middle class to low middle class income will NEVER be able to get into one of these buildings- in LIC or anywhere else in the city.
It’s a sad scam.
Don’t waste your time.


i felt the same way. once again you have to be either poor or rich to live in ny. what a waste of time that meeting was.


These apartments are NOT affordable. And, I hope that the Sunnyside Post and LIC Post attended the “developers” meeting and reports on that.


This is what I don’t understand about these “$190k for a family of 4” people. How is that “affordable housing”? You can buy a cute home in a good neighborhood or a nice home in the suburbs if you are making that type of income. Why should we be paying (through taxes) for reductions on housing for people making this income?


I wonder why this was posted a day before the meeting? Also, I wonder if this bldg. will have one of those “poor doors”…you know to keep our “middle class” butts away from all those 190K and above residents…

Joe blo

Hey hipsta thugg I’ll help you fill out the application so that you can get out of this neighborhood once and for all!

Joe blo

The units are specifically set up for middle class people – get it geniuses. The city needs some middle class. It can’t be all poor and all rich and nothing in the middle!

Hipsta Thugg

Yeah, and when they review the applications you can be damn sure the $190,000 family with 2 kids is getting the place and not the $25,000/2 kid family.


this is a joke isn’t it — how many units for affordable housing and what do the rent prices start up as —


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