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Now some middle-income units at "affordable" 535 Carlton come with three months free rent as a concession

First it was a month, then two months, now.... three months.

Seven middle-income "affordable housing" units at 535 Carlton in Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park now come with three free months as concession, but only for the first year, according to StreetEasy.

That means the listed rent for a two-bedroom apartment goes from $3,223 to a "net effective rent" of $2,417, and for a one-bedroom from $2,680 to $2,010. Of course the idea is that the tenant re-ups.

The income ranges, at least when tenants first applied, were $111,909 to $149,490 for the two-bedrooms, and $93,258 to $119,625 for the one-bedrooms, depending on household size.



This raises the question about the appropriate term for these apartments. The city calls them "affordable." I used the term "below-market" in a tweet and was tweaked because, well, if they're not renting, they're not below-market.

And keep in mind that the income ranges are well above the median for New York City, not to mention the larger area from which AMI (Area Median Income) is calculated.Many price cuts

For some units, there have been multiple price cuts.

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