El Barrio’s Artspace PS109

An Artist Community in El Barrio

215 East 99th Street New York, NY, 10029

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El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is a community-driven project that has transformed an abandoned public school building in East Harlem into an arts facility with 89 units of affordable live/work space for creatives and their families and 10,000 square feet of complementary space for arts organizations. PS109 will serve the El Barrio community by creating permanently affordable live/work housing in a neighborhood at risk of gentrification.

Architects: Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects and Victor Morales Architects

Contractor: Monadnock Construction, Inc.

Funders: NYC Department of Housing Preservations and Development, Capital One Bank, Deutsche Bank, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Ford Foundation, ArtPlace America, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Foundation, New York Community Trust, MetLife Foundation, David Rockefeller Fund, Washington Mutual Foundation, and La Raza Development Fund

est. 2014

Type of Development

Live/Work Affordable Artist Housing

Number of Units


Types of Units

Efficiency One- and Two-Bedrooms

Total Area

77,610 sq. ft.


Resident gallery, green space