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‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery Opens in Astoria, 1 Bedrooms Go for $2,400

The Astor LIC, located at 36-20 Steinway St. (NYC Housing Connect)

Feb. 8, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

More than 40 “affordable” apartments in a newly-constructed building in Astoria are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery – but only for households that make at least $70,286 a year.

The building, called “The Astor LIC,” is located at 36-20 Steinway St., and 43 “affordable” housing units are available.

The Astor LIC, developed by JMH Development and the Mettle Property Group, is six stories and consists of 143 units, with 100 being market rate.

The building is situated on the site of the former Western Beef supermarket on Steinway Street and includes 18,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Applications for the “affordable” units are now open and applicants are required to apply on the NYC Housing Connect website. The lottery is open until April 7.

There is a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom “affordable” units on offer.

Rendering of a unit inside The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

There are 13 studio apartments available for $2,050 a month to households of one or two people who earn a combined annual income between $70,286 and $118,300.

Additionally, there are 21 one-bedroom units on offer for $2,400 a month to households of one to three people who make between $82,286 and $133,120 combined annually.

Nine two-bedroom units are available for $3,100 a month to households of two to five people who make between $106,286 and $159,640 combined annually.

A breakdown of the full income requirements is below. The lottery does not provide a preference–or a set aside– for residents of Community Board 1, which covers Astoria, parts of Long Island City, and Woodside.

The building comes with several amenities including a fully-equipped fitness center, a furnished residential lobby, shared recreational spaces, a 24-hour attended lobby and two rooftop terraces with views of the Manhattan skyline. There is also a parking lot and bicycle spaces.

Tenants are responsible for electric bills only while heat, hot water and gas are included.

The site is located in close proximity to the 36th Street subway station and is also close to the Museum of the Moving Image and the Kaufman Studio.

Rendering of a shared recreational space inside The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

A breakdown of the full income requirements for The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

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Affordable housing is modern day 'Red-lining'

‘Affordable Housing’ is code for ‘Construction Tax Break’ Affordable housing is based off the areas median income, not on minimum wage (as it should be based on).
For example, IF a person worked a 40 hour week on a minimum wage of $15/hr, then this person would make $2,400 a month BEFORE taxes are taken from this person’s wage.
Now ask yourself – Do you really believe in BLM? Because if you do, then you would know that the majority of people earning a minimum wage in NYC at a lower amount than I have shown in my example are black and brown. This is a fact!

Affordable housing is nothing more than a tax break for the construction of modern day red-lining.
This practice needs to end.

If you believe Black and Brown lives truly matter, then don’t just walk in groups through white affluent neighborhood’s saying you do. Prove it. Go out and fight for these people and stop the red-lining. Tell your council members and state senators that ‘Affordable housing’ should be open to people on minimum wage, not median area income.
The construction companies will still receive their tax break, and it will end this cities homelessness caused by misplaced persons who can no longer afford to live in areas they have lived for generations due to this unnecessary practice in gentrification.

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