BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
This Saturday, residents can party at the Long Island City spot where more than 900 affordable housing units are soon to arrive.
Taking place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the “Party in the Park” thrown by the developers of Hunter’s Point South marks the halfway point of the affordable housing application process at this project. Attendees will enjoy rides on the East River Ferry, photo booth shoots and family activities, all at no cost, as well as free eats for the first hour. Live music from the John Schmitt Band will accompany the event.
Food from Long Island City vendors including Coffeed will be available, and guests will have the chance to win prizes to Casa Enrique and the Beer Closet, as well as the Chocolate Factory, MoMA PS1, Earth and Sky Healing Arts and Kata Spa, all local to the area.
A rain date is scheduled for Nov. 16, at the same time and place.
Frank Monterisi, senior vice president of developers Related Companies, said the event’s objective is to draw attention to the development and neighborhood before the application deadline arrives.
“This sort of felt like a natural thing for us to do halfway through our application period,” Monterisi said.
“When people hear ‘affordable housing,’ they have this image in their head. You’re going to come out to the event and see the buildings and they’re going to right away see how different this opportunity is,” he continued.
Monterisi said he could not give detailed information about how many applications they have received so far, but noted that there has been an “amazing response.” Last month, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) told press that roughly 25,000 applications had been received within just the first week.
The application demand seems to indicate that extra hype for Hunter’s Point South is hardly necessary; however, according to Sunnyside Community Services, which is helping residents fill out applications, most of the response is coming from outside of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, the areas that get priority in the lottery.
Interested renters can apply for affordable housing at Hunters Point South before the Dec. 15 deadline by visiting nyc.gov/housingconnect. Those without computer access can visit SCS at 43-31 39th St. in Sunnyside to fill out an application on site.
The Actor’s Fund will also host an information session on the Hunter’s Point South application process Nov. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater.
“I would tell people, if they want to get a spot in the building, really the time to act is now,” Monterisi said.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.