Little affordable housing built in Washington Heights | NY Daily News


Very Little Affordable Housing in Washington Heights

228 Nagle Ave., Washington Heights, is one of only two new affordable housing complexes constructed in the neighborhood. Photo: Andrew Savulich | NY Daily News

Building affordable housing for the city’s poor and working families is one of Mayor Bloomberg’s marquee achievements — except in Washington Heights.

Only a paltry 139 units of new housing for people of modest means have been constructed in Manhattan north of W. 155th St. between 2004 and 2011, city records show.

That’s microscopic compared to the 11,627 affordable units built borough-wide over the same period — including 2,770 in central Harlem and 2,133 in East Harlem, according to housing data.

“We’ve been left behind,” said City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents the district and requested the information from the city’s Dept. of Housing, Preservation & Development.

“We simply haven’t gotten our fair share of affordable housing.”

City Hall doesn’t just build new homes, it also preserves the existing stock of affordable housing — including 7,582 units in central Harlem and another 5,970 in East Harlem over the past seven years.

But preservation efforts lagged dramatically in Community Board 12, which covers Washington Heights and Inwood, with just 1,363 units preserved through 2011, the documents reveal.

Sharply escalating rents and a lack of affordable options played a major role in the flight of some 21,000 people from his district over the past 10 years, Rodriguez says.

“Our police officers and teachers and Latino professionals who were born here and want to stay here are being priced right out of the neighborhood,” said state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights).

Rodriguez, Espaillat and other uptown elected officials and local advocates will rally Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at a vacant lot at W. 172nd St. and Amsterdam Ave. to press the city to create more affordable housing in northern Manhattan.

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