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The Clapboard Menace, the St. Nick Scourge, & More of the Same — The Hook-Up 12/11

The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.
The G Train lives. Photo by Craig Ward.

The clapboard menace has ruffled enough feathers to generate a “no-film zone” proposal, but some are sensing a recurring plot line.

This year, many locals have been wishing for a Greenway Christmas, but the proposed bike path is nowhere to be seen.

Applications are now being taken for affordable units at 21 Commercial Street, one of the three affordable buildings within the imminent Greenpoint Landing complex. Studios start at $494/mo for applicants making less than $18,309 per year.

On the complete opposite end of that spectrum, here’s what a $1.2 million apartment looks like in our dear heartland.

If the MTA is a petri dish, the G Train is an itty bitty hot bed of salmonella.

Just because we’re up shit creek without a paddle doesn’t mean our waterways don’t have basic rights. Riverkeeper is the one to thank for keeping an eye on Newtown Creek.

A 40-year-old man is being treated at Bellevue after the G Train clipped him in the head early on Tuesday morning. He was reportedly leaning too far over the edge when the train pulled into the station.

The neighbors are already on high alert concerning the jolly St. Nick scourge overtaking the city tomorrow. Here’s some thoughts on why the Santa Conmen aren’t welcome in our twee little neck of the woods, as well as a guide to local Santa-free zones.

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The 411 on 211 McGuinness Boulevard

Roof deck and pool rendering by Gene Kaufman
The future of Greenpoint comes with rooftop pools. Rendering by Gene Kaufman

Unless you’ve been living in a hole underground (or must avoid the block because your ex lives around the corner) you have probably noticed that McGuinness Boulevard, between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer, is about to get way douchier fancier.  And so the story goes – Greenpoint continues to get slapped in the face by developers. 

Stellar Management recently broke ground  for a massive mixed-income rental development complete with a rooftop pool and a laundry list of other amenities including a tiered back garden on the first floor, game room, fitness center, fancy lounge, library and concierge.  Oh boy.

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Greenpoint Landing Throws a Party & Doesn’t Invite the Community

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What does gourmet ice cream and shovels have in common? Nothing really. But throw in some sand and a couple of key photo-ops with politicians and you’d be at a party thrown by none other than our new neighbor, Greenpoint Landing.

For those of you unfamiliar with the mega development Greenpoint Landing and how our former Borough President and current City Councilman Steve Levin sold Greenpoint up a polluted river two years ago for a towering gilded waterfront cage, I suggest you read here, here and here for more details.

For the rest of us who cringe each time another pile is driven into the ground for what will eventually be a long string of 40 story towers, then I beg you to read on and seethe in disgust as Greenpoint Landing held a “Ground Breaking Ceremony” complete with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream trucks and yet failed to invite the community. Continue reading

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See If You Qualify For Affordable Housing in LIC

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

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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.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the  Hunter’s Point South Living website.

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both 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 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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Let the pile driving begin! Greenpoint Landing starts construction

Greenpoint Landing construction on Commercial Street. Photo credit: Kim Masson

Greenpoint’s got a new kid on the block and he’s entered the hood with a bang. For anyone who has seen the mounds of excavated dirt, or the felt the head-splitting thunderous claps of  wooden piles being driven into the ground at 7 am, knows Greenpoint Landing has officially arrived. Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone…Greenpoint Sludge Tank Is History

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Well Greenpointers, the time has come. Bust out your hankies, snap those photos, and wave bye-bye to one of our most recognizable landmarks, the beloved Greenpoint Sludge Tank.

After a series of delays, the Park Tower Group, the firm responsible for the contentious Greenpoint Landing developments, has finally gassed up their bulldozers. The 16 column, 52ft concrete behemoth that spent the bulk of its years processing millions of gallons of treated sewage is officially is being laid to rest. Continue reading

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Sinkholes, L Train Rents, & the Invasion of the Chain Gyms– The Hook Up 6/20

It’s like India Jones out there, guys. A 6-foot sinkhole opened up on Driggs and Metropolitan on Wednesday, to the horror of passerby’s. Thankfully, CBS had a live chopper that had no where better to be.

Audi has installed a massive LED scoreboard on the shores of Greenpoint, using the World Cup as an opportunity to make their company more appealing to hip Brooklynites…has anyone seen this thing?

On the subject of the ol’ waterfront, more affordable housing was just approved at 145 and 155 West Street, as part of a new 39-story mixed-use development.

The New York Post says that “hipsters” are “hijacking” Brooklyn juries because they are well-educated and confident (serious over generalization??). They’re calling it the “Williamsburg Effect,” which leads juries to rule against defendants, and place more trust on police.  Continue reading

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77 Commercial Street Update

As expected, Council Member Stephen Levin voted to approve the proposed development at 77 Commercial St yesterday (12/19) . That means that the city can officially sell the “air rights” of 65 Commercial St to the developers to build higher towers at 77 Commercial. Continue reading

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