Wait list opens for affordable apartments in Kips Bay

By Sabina Mollot

New Yorkers on the lookout for a more affordable home might want to consider Phipps Plaza South, two buildings located in Kips Bay, where there is currently a lottery for affordable apartments.

There is at this time just a small amount of vacancies, but there is also a wait list, according to a spokesperson for Phipps, which, this week, announced the opportunity via an ad. The reason for the announcement since most units are already filled is that the owner, nonprofit developer Phipps Houses, is required to periodically refresh the waiting list if it’s out of date or applicants fall below a certain number. This policy is a HUD requirement for Section at 8 at the property.

The two buildings are located at 330 East 26th Street and 444 Second Avenue and together have 404 apartments that are mostly low-income. None are market rate, according to the spokesperson, James Yolle, and it’s covered under a regulatory agreement until 2039 and will then become rent stabilized. Any unit rented goes to someone on the waiting list, which applicants can get on based on income limits.

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No primary scheduled in 74th Assembly District, but no one tells voters – again

Helpful signs like the ones pictured above were nowhere to be found on Tuesday.

Helpful signs like the ones pictured above were nowhere to be found on Tuesday.

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday, Primary Day, there was no polling in the 74th Assembly District, due to no uncontested races. However, voters in the district, which includes Stuyvesant Town and Kips Bay, weren’t given notice of this, leading some to venture out to do their civic duty and be counted as they would do any other voting day.

“Just walked to polling place at 283 Avenue C only to discover nothing going on and definitely no signs,” one annoyed reader told Town & Village in an email on Tuesday. “Went to security to be informed that the Board of Elections notified them at about noon that since no one was running in our district they would save money and not open. Save money great… but what else do they have to do but inform voters?”

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UPDATED: Man wanted for Chelsea explosion

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami

UPDATE: Rahami has been arrested after firing at police in New Jersey, NBC New York reported. He’s also wanted for a bombing in New Jersey, the Daily News reported.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police are looking for a man believed to be involved in the bombing in front of  135 West 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on Saturday night.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, born on January 23, 1988 in Afghanistan. His last known address was in Elizabeth, NJ. He is about 5’6″ and weighs about 200 pounds, He has brown eyes, brown hair and brown facial hair.

He is considered armed and dangerous and police are instructing anyone who sees him not to approach him and to dial 911 immediately.

The FBI is investigating the cause of the explosion, which occurred at 8:30 p.m. Multiple news outlets reported that the bomb, which was made with a pressure cooker, flip phone and Christmas lights, was filled with shrapnel and designed to inflict maximum damage. Another device was found on West 27th Street that did not detonate. Twenty-nine people were injured, and all of the victims were treated at the hospital and have been released.

As of Monday morning, most of the transit closures and street detours have been lifted but 23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues remains closed. M23 buses are detoured in both directions, to 14th Street in the eastbound direction and to 34th Street in the westbound direction. PATH service has resumed except at the 23rd Street station.