The Tallest Tower In Brooklyn Offers Affordable Units For Rent

Fake it ‘til you make it—Boerum Hills high end real estate going for low end prices through affordable housing lottery.

By James L. Knobloch November 18, 2016

It may be the least affordable city in America but at least parts of Brooklyn are trying. Take Boerum Hill—trendy, overpriced and generally considered way beyond the pocket books of most Brooklynites. Guess what? It’s got 150 affordable housing units up for grabs. The lottery is for 333 Schermerhorn Street, according to the city’s Office of Housing Preservation and Development. OK, so you’ve got more chance of getting the electoral college to make Hillary prez than nabbing one of these prize pads, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

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Just steps from Fort Greene Park and the Barclays Center (which has more lines running through it than a Keith Richards hotel room in the ‘80’s—2, 3, 4, 5, A, B, C, D, G, N, Q and R trains to be exact), the 56-story tower—the borough’s tallest—known as “The Hub” will offer amenities like “large, landscaped outdoor terrace with sun deck, a fully-equipped fitness center with yoga studio and locker rooms, a dog run, a grilling terrace and bike storage for every unit.” And if you don’t have a bike, maybe it’ll make you buy one. According to the developer, Douglas C. Steiner, the property will be a boon for tenants and  the surrounding neighborhood, alike.

“We love Schermerhorn Street because it’s sunny, quiet and wide, plus we face a park and a beautiful landmarked church. We love the tree-lined brownstone Boerum Hill and Fort Greene neighborhoods and the 13 subway lines within two blocks,” said Steiner in Clearly a man with a whole lotta love to give. “Our tower takes up less than a third of our site, so we kept a lot of sky and light. We designed the building to be contextually correct—it pays homage to the Williamsburg Savings Bank building [always worth paying homage to]—and our box truss crown echoes the aesthetic of our nearby Steiner Studios”. (Brooklyn Navy Yard’s film and TV mecca – Ed.)

“Hopefully,” added the loquacious developer, “it’s one of the nicest buildings of its kind, and a timeless, iconic addition to the Brooklyn skyline.”

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A one-bedroom unit will cost $895 a month, according to NYC Housing Connect, and studios go for $833, while the two-bedroom units are priced at $1,082/month. Of course, there are restrictions. To be eligible for a single occupancy unit, potential tenant’s income must fall within the $29,898-$38,100 range, all the way up to $38,503-$54,360 for a family of four.

The hurdles between you and your affordable slice of Brooklyn paradise don’t end there, either. Preference during the lottery process will be given to those that already live within Community Board 2, which includes Boerum Hill, Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Farragut, Fort Greene, Fulton Ferry Landing, Vinegar Hill and Wallabout. What’s more, a “certain number of units have been set aside for mobility-disabled and vision or hearing disabled applicants,” according to NYC Housing Connect.

Feeling lucky? Visit, grab a wheelchair, hearing aid and your grandad’s specs.

James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

A creative professional with a sharp tongue and a big smile, taking on city living one slightly-veiled sarcastic comment at a time. Born and raised just outside of New Orleans, James is a living testament to his own mantra, “Southern hospitality is a privilege, not a right,” giving his work a unique, dry humor meets charm perspective.

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