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Party at the Site Where $500-a-Month Apartments Are Rising in Hunters Point

By Jeanmarie Evelly | November 6, 2014 5:15pm | Updated on November 7, 2014 4:55pm
 A rendering of the two buildings that will make up the first phase of Hunters Point South in Long Island City.
A rendering of the two buildings that will make up the first phase of Hunters Point South in Long Island City.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — Residents interested in applying for one of the hundreds of affordable apartments in the first phase of Hunters Point South can check out the neighborhood next week at a party being thrown by the developers.

The Nov. 15 event will take place in nearby Hunters Point South Park, giving prospective tenants a chance to see where the 924 affordable units are being built. It will feature family-friendly activities, and food vendors like Red Hook Lobster Pound will give out free eats for the first hour, according to an announcement.

The "Party in the Park" marks the halfway point of the application period for the first phase of Hunters Point South, which kicked off last month and will end Dec. 15.

The apartments, expected to open in 2015, are being developed by The Related Companies and Phipps Houses in two buildings at 1-55 Borden Ave. and 1-50 50th Ave. They will feature a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units for moderate- and low-income households.

The 186 low-income units will start at rents of $494 a month for a studio, while rents for the 738 moderate-income apartments will start at $1,561 for the same. A full list of income eligibility requirements can be found here. People can apply online through the city's NYC Housing Connect.

Applications will not be available during the event, but those who are interested will be able to request them.

Numbers were not currently available for how many applications have been received for the units so far, though the New York Observer reported last month that some 25,000 people had applied in the first week the lottery was open.

The event on Nov. 15 will run from 1 to 4 p.m., according to organizers, during which the East River Ferry will shuttle passengers for free between Hunters Point South and East 34th Street in Manhattan.

Food will be provided by COFFEED, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sweetery NYC and Eddie’s Pizza for free during the first hour, organizers said. There will also be music, face-painting, a photo booth and a raffle.

A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.