TF Cornerstone is winner number two in the Hunters Point South lottery. They have been tapped to build two towers containing 1200 apartments, two-thirds of which will be off-limits to anyone making over $141,000 a year, or under $111,000. In addition to unparallelled views, according to Crain’s the towers “will also feature a host of other amenities including, rooftop gardens, decks, and a children’s playroom. At the base, preliminary plans for about 20,000 square feet of commercial space call for prekindergarten, a medical facility, a rock climbing gym as well as new restaurants.” What??? No swimming pools, jacuzzi’s, golf simulators, or squash courts? How do you expect to fill these buildings without essentials such as these. Oh right, they’re affordable housing, which means they are exactly like all the other new buildings in Long Island City, except the monthly rent is significantly less.
Well then, I’m sure these buildings will have wine cellars, because by my estimates($1,000+ a month for a 2-bdrm) you could pick up a case of Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon every month. Of course, if you were in say a studio(do they even bother with those in affordable housing or would it be considered an indignity?) or one-bedroom, you’d probably have to settle for your Silver Oak to come from the slightly inferior Alexander Valley …of course. Fortunately half of the affordable units will be two- and three-bedrooms, so if you play your cards right you can simultaneously move up to both a larger apartment, and a higher grade of wine.
I should probably just assume that affordable housing in the 21st century in NYC has an attached parking garage. It doesn’t even need to be mentioned in the press release, right? Because not everyone is a oenophile, so instead of wine the rent discount could be applied to a 2014 Mercedes GL Class SUV(family of four) no-money-down lease. Or maybe you’d prefer expensive wine and a Mercedes Benz, in which case you’d have to settle for an E-class, or maybe deign to ride a pre-owned Benz and get a half a case, or…
Anyway, the permutations are endless, and if I didn’t have to work such long hours, I’d be happy to list them all for you. And while I don’t expect to be drinking Silver Oak anytime soon, at least I can still buy a cheap pint here in the neighborhood.
Developer Tapped for 1200 Apartments in LIC – so what, if any, risk does a developer take on apartments that are guaranteed to be fully occupied on Day 1 at the maximum allowable rent?
LIC Lights Up for the Holidays – oh c’mon, this story is not about bong’s and such
LIC Community Boathouse Founder Sued for Trademark Infringement – nothing funny about that
‘Pirate Pete’ Has Big Laughs for Kids and Parents – a vegetarian lion…
Warehouse Sold on 28th Street for $17 million – lotsa selling, and buying, in the neighborhood
Tech-Driven Companies Choosing LIC for Start-Ups – “It’s a lot cheaper. It’s probably a third to a half as expensive to open up a shop here than it is in Manhattan,”
Food Box Opens in LIC Building – There are currently four vendors participating in The Food Box and Jamestown is looking for a fifth