After living in NYC my entire life, I found the strongest sense of community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Running this blog is truly an honor and the best part is meeting its readers in real life. Everyday I am energized by smiles and inspiring conversations with fellow Greenpointers who tirelessly do and create incredible things that are good for our community and share the same love I have for life here. If you see me walking with my little dog "D" - please say hi!
The brand new Hunter’s Point South Living development, located in Long Island City, offers affordable housing in one of the most desirable waterfront locations of Queens. There are nearly 1,000 apartments available with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, while the complex itself boasts a long list of amenities. You may not think you would qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South, but there are actually a wide variety of living arrangements for various household sizes at multiple income levels. Those New Yorkers falling into upper income brackets — between a $55,200 and $224,000 yearly income — can still apply for affordable housing.
There are 738 apartments at Hunter’s Point South Living designated for moderate income families making between 130 and 205 percent of the area medium income. That means a single person making between $55,000 and $135,000 could apply, as well as a four person family making between $110,000 and $190,000. A family of six, making between $110,000 and $224,000, could also apply for a three-bedroom unit. Be sure to read through the specific income qualifications.
Apartments designated for moderate income families will remain rent stabilized after they move in. A single person in a studio will pay between $1,561 and $1,997 depending on their salary. One bedrooms are renting from $1,965 to $2,509; two bedrooms from $2,366 to $3,300; and three bedrooms from $2,729 and $4,346.
Applying for affordable housing, however, is a much different process than the traditional rental experience in New York City. Instead of working through a broker, all those interested in living at Hunter’s Point South must submit an application by December 15th, 2014. (You can either apply online or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018.) Then, a housing lottery will take place, and the city will begin notifying qualified applicants regarding their application starting in early 2015. The first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.
Once moved in, residents will have access to public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both of the buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the two-and three-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.
Thanks so much for all the talented vendors who brought their unique handmade products to our Holiday Market this year. It was a great success and a gorgeous day full of lovely happy faces. Stay tuned for our Valentine’s Market on Sunday 2/8!!!
Did you enjoy that amazing mulled wine at the Holiday Market? It was made with mulling spices donated by Greenpoint’s favorite spice, seasoning and rub company. Greenpoint Trading Co.’s has just launched a kickstarter campaign. Their $30,000 goal will be to invest in a build-out of their warehouse, more machines for production, more inventory and more staff. With more inventory and manpower they can take on more customers and expand beyond the East Coast.
This Sunday December 14, 2014 from 1-4pm they will be having a fundraiser at Dirck the Norseman (7 No. 15th St). They will be giving away FREE BEER to anyone who donates to their cause. So donate!
Our very own talented Libby VanderPloeg is having an art show titled “Hard To Get” that is opening TONIGHT December 11, 2014 at 7pm at Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave). This will be a great show with great people! See you tonight, Greenpoint!
Tuesdays are very exciting at Greenpoint’s tapas restaurant El Born because Paella Tuesdays begins tonight! This great deal will include ’pan con tomate’, an individual paella and a glass of wine for only $19. Nothing hits the spot more on a cold winter night than perfectly cooked meat, seafood and rice authentically prepared in the traditional Valencian way.
Looking for your new favorite brunch spot? El Born is open for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
Can’t wait until the weekend? El Born offers a great Happy Hour, too. Stop in anyday of the week from 5pm to 7pm for 50% off “tapas” plus drinks specials that include 2 for 1 Spanish beers and $20 pitchers of sangria, mojito and margarita.
Stay tuned for El Born’s special New Years Eve menu and party…
The most rager-ey holiday party – the No Office Holiday Party, co-hosted by Brokelyn and the skint, is this Thursday 12/11! It’s the office party for the freelancers, folks without offices or anyone who hates their coworkers. And it’s only $5!
This Sunday 12/7 is the Holiday Market from 1-7pm at 67 West St, 5th Fl. Entry is totally FREE and you can enjoy delicious beverages and food while shopping over 50 local makers and artisans. Hand picked from hundreds of applicants, the vendors chosen by Yuka are of the highest quality and variety so you will be able to check everyone off you shopping list – including yourself! (I personally am in the market for candles, knits and some stationery.) RSVP
Make sure go up into the loft and get yours nail did, a massage and holiday photo for FREE! This years photo booth theme is “woodland creatures.” #gp_market
Plus, we will be screening the Official documentary trailer for Gasper & Son and selling $5 raffle tickets.
100% funds support post production of Gasper & Son in order to pay for music licensing, trailer, sound mix and festival submission fees. Follow Gasper & Son on Facebook.
We have some big issues in NYC to think about after the failure to indict the police offer who killed Eric Garner.
Lighting the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a celebration of our city and there was nothing to celebrate yesterday.When I posted about the protests there on Facebook last night, someone commented, “What does this have to do with Greenpoint?” Eric Garner is a New Yorker. And NYC police officers patrol 11222. Enough said.
If you feel so inclined to demonstrate, our favorite local activist Emily Gallagher sent us these tips:
Give the gift of yoga to yourself or a friend with these sweet holiday deals from Usha Veda Yoga, located at 1104 Manhattan Ave. Sale packages are available from 11/27/13 through 1/7/14. The holidays can be hectic and stressful and yoga is a great way to really unwind and reconnect with yourself.