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Application period for Astoria affordable housing opens, rent starts at $895

Steinway Estates

Steinway Estates

March 23, 2016 Staff Report

The application period for an affordable apartment in a Steinway Street complex opened yesterday.

The development, called Steinway Estates, is located at 19-80 Steinway Street and consists of 83 units. Twelve are studios, 36 are one bedrooms, 30 are two bedrooms and five are three-bedroom units.

The apartments will range from $895/month studios to $2,586/month three-bedrooms, with annual income requirements ranging from $32,023 for a single-person household to $130,260 for a six-person household.

Applicants can apply at NYC Housing Connect.

Residents who live in Queens Community Board 1, which covers Astoria, will get a preference for half of the units.

Applications are being accepted through May 23rd.

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Anonymous

I agree with CMANY21 – I grew up in the area – I really hope this development doesn’t drag the neighborhood down. The rest of you don’t know the area – Con Ed is not a generator of anything just a distributor…the power plants are owned by different companies ie Astoria Power. As for the smell – in the summer one could always smell the sewage plants both Bowery Bay nad the one on Wards Island….however, they are covering the sewer plant similar to Newtown Creek to eliminate the smell. Finally no one mentioned that the site is the former Steinway Bus depot – I believe the soil and land need extensive remediation.

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CMANY21

This is such a waste. I can’t believe I am going to be living next door to low income when I have a million dollar house a few blocks away. Great way to screw the neighborhood. I thought these would be condos where people who are not scrounging for money can live.

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tman

Who would want to build luxury apartments/condos in that area right next to the sewer plant and Con Ed. Yes. people are willing to pay good money but location is key. Who would be willing to pay good money with a view of Con Ed/Sewers and all its pollution.

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Yes!

Amenities: Stainless steel appliances, solid surface counter tops, Bamboo flooring, Terrace/Balcony units, Recreational roof deck, Laundry
room, Parking Garage on site (additional fees apply).

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derrick

This area reminds me of what Long Island City looked like 10-15 years ago without the great view. It is a good location for the mayors affordable housing program.

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eec

Well they are rentals so people could come and go when their lease is over. I do not know what the future holds however, for now it is basically a dump. It is next to con ed, factories, auto shops, lots of car traffic and far from the train. Those homes across the street from this area were built around twenty years ago. Take a look at how run down the outside looks and the people living there. IMO, too expensive for the area as it is.

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yes

I am paying 3,000 dollars a month for an old 3 bedroom on Ditmars! You bet your ass i am applying! they need to build more. I am tired of paying so much.

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victor

My wife is a teaching assistant and makes little money. If more is built we definitely said she will stop working for pay checks so that we can qualify.

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GoodbyeOldAstoria

Lucky for some of LIC which is already highly developed they do not have to deal with The Affording Housing Laws. If more is to come in the area I wonder what impact it will have on our schools, transportation, and over all neighborhood. It is just a matter of time before more of these units start popping up. There is plenty of room for them throughout Northern Astoria.

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bill

Even on the high end of the rental cost it is still good for Astoria considering that is all new. I am paying 1,800 a month near this area for a one bedroom that is semi updated. I hope more is to come.

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concernedcitizen

Here’s the deal. It’s easy to say these are for the rich…however, that title is somewhat subjective. In NYC and the surrounding boroughs, $100,000 a year is considered middle class (NOT upper middle) and this affords families the necessities, but no luxuries. I know, I fall into this category. You still live paycheck to paycheck and cannot save. It is not a “rich” lifestyle, by any means…especially with children (which I have). So…be mindful when you label these ranges as “for rich only”…because they certainly do not describe that type of financial demographic as it exists in the outrageously overpriced NYC area. The reality is, there are FAR more low-income units available for these types of housing properties, than middle-income (yes, the “high” incomes quoted above are MIDDLE incomes). Also, bear in mind a household of 6, making a total of $130,000 a year will be uniquely challenged by making their funds stretch to cover costs of such a large number of family members. Really think about this.

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violin

You should of thought of your expenses before you had children. Most families with 3 or more children in Astoria that i have seen are the Arabs. And if they can afford and get by in smaller apartments, public schools and transportation than so can others who make more.

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SteveB

Hmm, $100,000 a year is a decent income, and it all falls down on how you manage and budget your expenses. I fail to see how the majority of the country which manages to survive on less than $70,000 a year would have much sympathy for someone who makes considerably more money.

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thinksmart

My parents both made about 33K a year. I have a little brother, and they still managed to saved about 5K a year. Granted we did not have a lot of luxuries, if any. But I have seen people who are poorer than us. My parents lifestyle taught me to appreciate money. I did not go to a private school. Public education sucks, but I will make up for it by going to the public library and checking out books to read. I would read about 1-2 books a day from ages 8 to 18. Downsize your house, cars, and food budget, and you would have so much more liquid cash.

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cherri

I am sure the city and developers are watching how many people apply and how fast it will fill up. Looks that that area will finally be revitalized.

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fromcorona

Finally some working class folks can afford to live in a decent area and pay less rent! I am sure they will build more. So many unused/old factories from Steinway to Hazen Street.

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luvit

There is a big supermarket across the street and a nice playground. I believe this area will be the next big trend in Ditmars, Astoria especially with this mayors Affordable housing plan. Do not let the factories deter you. I am sure they will be gone one day.

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carlo

This is great. I live around the corner. I hope more is to come and will bring all rentals down!

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John

If two parents want to have 1 kid and live in NYC you need to average 100k a year income per parent. If you are single you have to pull in 50K per year at a minimum if it’s your first job out of college/

Honestly, if you aren’t hitting those numbers you really need to move to Jersey or the middle of Long Island. I’m not being mean. The reality is the city is in the top ten most expensive in the world and that isn’t changing.

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John

Based on the current cost of everything in NYC those are the numbers you need to hit unless you get government assistance. No one should plan their well being around government assistance.

If you don’t have a good career, don’t have kids.

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trish

Affordable housing is a step in the right direction for the working class in NYC. It is happening whether you like it or not. You will have some rentals at market value and the next paying at a discounted rate all in the same building. And those who have bigger families (more children) will be able to save more on rental cost.

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John

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have affordable housing. I’m saying before you have kids add up the money you will need to raise them. It will take a full-time career to do that. Therefore, do not have kids unless you have a career. If you string 3 jobs together just to get buy, do not have kids. If you work the check-out line, do not have kids. There will be no way you will be able to afford them.

Never Left Astoria

Back in the day – this was the Steinway Street bus depot where buses were stored and repaired – the soil below the complex must be toxic – no?

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irish lassy -

they were told that they were never suppose to build housing on the former Steinway Transit Bus Company everything is TOXIC there but low and behold thanks to the former counselman Peter Vallone this past through the cracks and look at it now — this whole site is called a ‘SUPER FUND” site – alot of money changed hands for this to happen !!!!!!!

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Rosa

Juan you have to apply through the website (reread article). You can not leave your number here. There are so many scammers. Please be careful if someone calls you.

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Rosa

Be careful opening up email if they claim to be about this development. I hope you have virus protection. I know we all want to pay less rent but do it through the nyc housing site.

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wht

The link to apply is through the NYC housing program? Is this place privately owned and city run?

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Jillian

Thank about the people that make less then $30,000 a year but more then $14,000 and have 2 or more kids. There are a lot of people in the city that make that and just can’t live. Public housing is not for some people but need affordable housing to live. Some of those people need a 3 bedroom place for there family. People like that need to move out of New York or have family help them with the rent. Not right.

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TrashComing

And whose application will be first in line with rent vouchers/subsidies?….the homeless and those who were kicked out of the ghetto due to gentrification.

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jose

Not all homeless families or people are unemployed! Have a heart! Many people are on the verge of being evicted because of greedy landlords. They deserve priority status. And if landlords must accept rental subsidies so should places like this. And i hope they fairly diversify these programs based on race and give minorities priority.

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unibrow

Nowadays, you are better off showing that you earn less so you can qualify for Affordable housing and actually be able to save some money aside. I believe more Affordable housing is to come for Astoria in the Ditmars area. You’ll have one side of the street paying high rents and the next paying much less for same size apt. all in the same vicinity.

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concernedcitizen

nope. those are middle income stats. Look it up. In NYC, if you make around $100,000 a year, that’s middle income. No luxuries can be afforded and definitely far from a “rich” lifestyle. Affordable housing has to cover a range of incomes that are in need. Also, consider how many family members are in each family…a family may make $130,000 but the money has to sustain 6 PEOPLE! Besides, most affordable housing units cater to low-income. Far less offer options for the higher incomes listed for this Astoria unit. This is a good thing. A fair thing. It promotes diversity and equality.

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blahblah

Imagine trying to get by with much less. if you can not afford an area and do not qualify for Affordable housing then move to another town or borough. Don’t rain on my parade. This is a good thing!

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blah

It does and there should be an effort to keep it that way! More Affordable Housing for the working class!

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Astoria Resident

Why? I don’t feel in the slightest bit enriched knowing people from other races or cultures because guess what? At the end of the day, we’re all humans who need shelter, food, clothing and companionship. Do human needs vary by race? Does one race not need clothing? Is there one who doesn’t eat food? Is there some culture out there that kicks their kids to the curb and never feeds or educates them? Humans have a lot more in common then people seem to think. Cue the self-loathing white people…..

cc

Actually the rentals are much less for a brand new apt in Astoria. The outside looks good. Nice size windows and balconies. I am sure the people who qualify will be very happy here.

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Hmmm

Where do you see new buildings with rentals for less than these affordable housing units?
I work in real estate and I see No rentals at this price point.

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Michael Boylan

Thats one of this cities problems greedy developers
and real estate agents looking for a higher commission!

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Michael Boylan

Was the toxic soil cleaned up or will it be like under the Triborough Bridge [23st]contaminated?

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