El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project which has transformed an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 10,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations.
PS109 is an amazing building. Designed by Charles B.J. Snyder and completed in 1898, this structure is five stories tall with a steeply pitched roof. Exterior details include several copper-clad cupolas and a wealth of decorative terra cotta. After the building was boarded up in 1995, much of the terra cotta was removed; it has been restored as part of the project.
PS109 contains 89 units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families with 3,000 square feet available for a resident gallery in addition to 10,000 square feet of non-residential space for arts and cultural organizations on the ground floor and lower level. It serves the El Barrio community by creating permanently affordable housing in a neighborhood at risk of gentrification. To help the area retain its traditional Latino identity, Artspace has reserved at least 50% of the units for current El Barrio residents.
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"It’s such a productive place; everyone around you is an artist. I feel like I can spread my wings now. I literally won the lottery! It puts me in the optimal environment for doing the things I love." Resident Artist Greg Accetta
The artists who have moved in to PS109 include actors, painters, writers, dancers, and more. As artists continue to move in, we’ll add their profiles to our artist page, where you’ll also find artist profiles from Artspace projects around the country. You can learn more about some of the resident artists of PS109 below.
El Barrio's Artspace PS109 has 89 units available - 50 studios, 18 one-bedrooms and 21 two-bedrooms. Sample floorplans are below. See the Leasing tab for more information.
Thank you to everyone who applied to PS109. We received over 53,000 applications and began the lottery end of July, and we are no longer accepting applications.
We are still processing applications, and we ask for your continued patience if you did apply. Our goal is to allow move in before end of January 2015.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the lottery of El Barrio's Artspace PS109 affordable live/work units. The deadline to submit applications was July 14, 2014.
El Barrio's Artspace PS109 is a smoke-free community.
Applicants who submitted more than one application will be disqualified.
After the deadline, applications are selected for review through a lottery process. If your application is selected and you appear to qualify, you will be invited to an interview where management will continue the process of determining your eligibility. Interviews are usually scheduled from 2 to 10 months after the application deadline. You will be asked to bring documents that verify your household size, identity of members of your household, and your household income.
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Contact NYC Housing Connect at: NYCHOUSINGCONNECT@hpd.nyc.gov or 212-863-7990.
If you are a commercial tenant interested in leasing commercial space in PS109, email Naomi Marx at email@example.com.
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