Real estate in Manhattan is notoriously and ludicrously expensive, but BIG, the international architecture firm, is helping to keep at least some Manhattan units within an affordable price range with its VIA 57 West complex. Apartments in the building have been earmarked for affordable housing, meaning that their prices will be fixed at rates far below the average cost for units in the same area.
There are 36 affordable units reserved in VIA 57 West split between studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom condos. At the lowest end of the price spectrum, the studios cost $1,448 per month. That might seem like a high price, but it's far more affordable than the $2,500 or more that studios typically cost in mid-town Manhattan.