11 thoughts on “The Disappearing 3-Bedroom: Larger Families Have Few Affordable Options in NYC

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    • I grew up in family of four. Two children. We each had a bedroom. So did my parents. That’s three bedrooms. I didn’t feel our family was especially large. But it was a luxury to have one’s own room, give that we were both boys. Had we been of different genders, it would have been necessary at some point. Did you have your own bedroom, growing up? Do your kids share a room. Keep in mind, also, that not everyone chooses to have a large family. People plan for a second child and have twins. A death in the family necessitates taking in a nephew or nice. Granddad dies, so grandma moves in. It’s alluring to simply blame people for the challenges they face, but not always very realistic.

  2. FWIW, our proposed project, the RiverArch, would have an average of 2.2 BR apartments, ranging up to 4BRs, and 2BR – 9BR in the luxury floors 88-96. The avg. 2BR Affordable unit (30% of the apts. would be affordable) would go for $1,335/month.
    There would be 2,300 affordable units, out of 7,630 total.
    We are seeking permission from the city, state and federal agencies now.
    Video & details here: http://bit.ly/Riverarch

  3. This is so sad I applied for an affordable apartment four years ago and on to this day I didn’t get an answer back.

  4. I live in a building that has53floors and 8 apartments in each floor except for the Penn house the city gave 20 family’s a low income apartment with a 20yr contract.is it fair that now we have to start looking for a new place cause the contract is almost over?I’m a senior citizen still working cause I put my retirement but $680.00 amonth is not doing it plus they say I make too much to get food stamps.How are we supposed to live?I wonder if that’s why there are sooooo many people out there with depression and commiting suicide….

  5. People stop having so many kids. One or two is manageable financially and better for the environment. The more educated the woman, the less kids

    • Think of China & Europe & japan. They don’t have a replacement fertility rate. Not complaining about space ther, just cost in prime locations.

      This living space problem in the USA is a result of migration to the cities. Not a problem elsewhere. There’s plenty of available space upstate. Their population is dropping.

      Our problems in NYC are complex. Singles and seniors squatting in large affordable units originally meant for large families. Affluent singles(I won’t say rich) grabbing sizable new construction they don’t need but can afford and will sit with it as it increases in value, Airbnb, absentee-owners etc.

    • Wrong, people are having less kids because they are delaying getting married and planning for a family due to financial strain. Since the recession people now have lost their savings or maybe had very little saved to start with, especially if you were part of the slightly younger generation who was starting their career during this time. It’s even hard to manage with one child now on one income. Many of the “twenty somethings” that began their careers during the recession are now getting older and are pretty much screwed with debt and nothing left. Sadly, a one bedroom in NYC can run from 1800 and up depending on the location. If you have kids you definitely need at least two bedrooms which costs like 2800 in a safe neighborhood and not in harlem or the butt crack of brooklyn. On a single salary if one person is unemployed or a SATHM which hardly exists in nyc, well it’s going to be tough. 2 bedrooms: $2900- East 83rd street, $3650- West 36th street, greenwich village $5,000… harlem: $2100 on avg.

  6. I felt bad until I saw family of six.

    I am in my early 30s, have a stable income, and zero kids. Until I can know for certain that I am on solid ground for the next 20 years, I feel wishy washy about having 1 child: much less 3, 4, or 5… ?

    If you have 2 kids and are struggling to make ends meet, what is the thought process that leads one to believe another child would help your budget? Is two children not enough?

    Saldana reached out to the mayor’s office. The mayor is the mayor of a city of 8,398,748 people. Are mayor’s aides supposed to go on craigslist and value hunt for her? I am really confused here: what do people expect the case to be? Yes, you can tell him you disagree with how he has handled housing policy, how his plans may incentivize creation of smaller spaces, but this is not going to help you find a home. Does anyone expect the mayor’s office, responsible for dealing with laws/issues that affect a city of 8 million people to help out one person find an apartment for one family?

    Personally, I find NYC to be disgusting and overpriced. I do not want to have kids here. I will at some point, move elsewhere – which *IS* an option. I am here because I built a business here and have a unique opportunity that would not be afforded to me elsewhere. Once that dries up, I have no reason to stay in an expensive cespool. If someone cannot afford many of the things that supposedly make NYC great(selection of restaurants, broadway shows, etc), why not move elsewhere? Why not go somewhere where that $1000 gets you something amazing, where the landlord/home seller actually wants you there? Why fight to live in this s—hole?

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