It looks just like any other of the cookie-cutter glassy condo buildings in Downtown Brooklyn, but the new high-end rental building at 160 Schermerhorn Street is after a very different set of tenants: the formerly homeless living with HIV/AIDS or who have mental health needs, and artists. Of its 217 units, the building is setting aside 100 studio apartments for artists of all sorts.
Brokelyn reports that The Schermerhorn has set aside the units for "actors, screenwriters, musicians, dancers, editors, composers, set designers, producers, singers, directors and other performing arts and entertainment professionals." The rents for the studio apartments start at a cool $635 per month, and come with all the amenities you'd expect from a fancy new building—well, except for a pool.
So if you're an artist currently living in Community Board 2 (which is to say Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Downtown, DUMBO, Fort Greene or Vinegar Hill) and looking for a ridiculously cheap (and possibly similarly small) apartment, apply. It'll be just like living in Bushwick—if Bushwick was full of district courts and federal buildings.