Feb. 26, 2021 By Allie Griffin
More than 330 affordable apartments in Long Island City’s 5 Pointz towers are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery.
The units are located within in two newly-constructed towers at 22-44 Jackson Ave., where the famous 5 Pointz factory building once stood that was known for its acclaimed aerosol murals.
There are studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and a couple three-bedroom units on offer. The studios start at $1,850 a month.
An advertisement for the new towers describes them as luxury buildings with “countless” amenities.
“Create your life in the building of your dreams,” the ad reads. “5 Pointz stands out in the heart of a Long Island City neighborhood buzzing with culture.”
The apartments in the new towers are open to people who make at least $63,429 a year, with the income threshold set at 130 percent of the area median income.
There are 78 studio units available for $1,850 a month to households of one to two people who make between $63,429 and $118,300 combined annually.
There are 180 one-bedroom units available for $2,295 a month to households of one to three people who make between $78,686 and $133,120 combined annually.
There are 77 two-bedroom units available for $2,775 a month to households of two to five people who earn between $95,143 and $159,640 combined annually.
Lastly, there are two three-bedroom units available for $3,200 a month to households of three to seven people who make between $109,715 to $183,300.
A breakdown of the full income requirements is below.
Heat, hot water and cooking gas is included the price of rent. Tenants must pay electricity in addition to rent.
The amenities include an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball court, co-working lounge, courtyard, garden terrace, spin room, boxing room, shuffleboard, poker lounge, golf simulator, gaming room, party room, pet grooming room, library, outdoor bbq, sun deck, sauna, a doorman and “sky lounge.”
The deadline to apply for the lottery is May 25, 2021. Mailed-in applications must be postmarked by that date.
While the units are given out to eligible applicants through a lottery, some preference is given to applicants with vision, mobility and hearing disabilities.
To request a paper application, residents can send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: MGNY Consulting c/o 5 Pointz LIC, 18 Bridge Street Suite 1D, Brooklyn, NY, 11201.
As a result of participating in the affordable housing lottery, the building owner will receive a tax break.