Lotto fever has hit New York City. DUMBO, the Lower East Side, and now Williamsburg are offering below-market rental spaces to the city’s luckiest. The newest addition to that crew comes thanks to Spaceworks; they’re currently accepting applications for affordable studio space inside the Williamsburgh Library. There’s just three brand-new studios in the library, and yes, winning tenants will be selected by a lottery. With these studios, it doesn’t matter who’s the neediest, just the luckiest.
So who can apply to the Spaceworks Williamsburg studio lottery?
- Visual artists living in New York who aren’t students.
- Visual artists whose practice doesn’t include “large or heavy sculpture, some types of metal work, and work involving toxic materials, high noise levels, or fire risk.” (This is a library, after all!)
- Visual artists who remember to apply by the July 31, 2014 deadline. Apply here.
These new private studios look pretty sweet, ranging in size from 180 to 225 square feet and costing between $350 and $400 a month (that’s under $2 dollars per square foot). If you win, you’ll need to sign a one-year lease with an option to renew, beginning January 2015. We spoke to Colleen J. Ross, Director of Communications at Spaceworks, who told us that the rent might go up after that, but that it will continue to be below market rate.
We know these aren’t the perfect studios for everyone, but they’ll be perfect for some. With affordable studio space few and far between in this borough, we’ll take what we can get.