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More than 77,000 People Applied For 47 Affordable Apartments in Yorkville

By Shaye Weaver | February 2, 2016 5:10pm
 More than 77,000 people applied for affordable apartments at The Henley, which will have 47 units of below-market rate housing.
More than 77,000 people applied for affordable apartments at The Henley, which will have 47 units of below-market rate housing.
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YORKVILLE — Almost 78,000 people are vying for the chance to live in one of 47 affordable apartments at The Henley, a new 36-story luxury rental building on East 92nd St.

In December, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced that it would start taking applications for apartments starting as low as $607 a month for a one-bedroom at The Henley, at 205 E. 92nd St. near Third Avenue, which is still under construction.

By Feb. 1, some 77,814 people applied online to land one of the 47 apartments, according to a spokeswoman for the department, which is still counting the paper applications they've received.

Tenants will be randomly selected as early as this spring after applications are reviewed, according to HPD.

The lottery included 20 one-bedroom apartments for $607 or $769 per month and 27 two-bedroom units for $736 and $930 per month, according to Housing Connect, the city's housing lottery website.

Each apartment includes a washer and dryer. While low-income residents will have access to the roof terrace and a 24-hour concierge, use of other amenities like the fitness center, lounge, children's playroom and storage will require additional fees, according to the website.

Residents living within Manhattan's Community Board 8 district will get preference for 50 percent of the apartments and municipal employees will be given preference for 5 percent. An additional 5 percent of the units will be set aside for those with mobility issues and 2 percent for those with visual or hearing impairments.

Once applicants are randomly selected, they will have to go through an eligibility screening before they are offered an apartment, the HPD spokeswoman said.