New York City Housing Authority

Translate this Page Printer Friendly Format Sign-up for NYCHA Newsletter

Land Lease Site: Smith Houses


Governor Alfred E. Smith Houses in Manhattan has 12 buildings, 15, 16 and 17-stories tall with 1,931 apartments housing some 4,316 people. The 21.75-acre complex was completed April 1, 1953.

Smith Houses has a $227 million unmet need for capital improvements over the next 5 years.

Proposed Development on Land Lease Site(s)

South Street Site


  • Site Area: 55,000 SF (Approximate)
  • New Construction: 700,000 SF of Residential Floor Area (Approximate)
  • 1,151 New Apartments*

Robert F Wagner Place Site


  • Site Area: 19,000 SF (Approximate)
  • New Construction: 365,000 SF of Residential Floor Area (Approximate)


Note: 20% of proposed residential units will be available to household at or BELOW 60% of Area Median Income (AMI)**


Current Uses on Land Lease Site(s)

  • 116 Parking Spaces
  • Garbage Compactor Yard
  • Paved Baseball Field & Basketball Court

Note: NYCHA will continue to provide parking spaces for all NYCHA residents with a current legal parking permit. 

Benefits for Smith Houses Residents

  • Preference for new low-income apartments
  • Emergency power generation for critical building systems
  • Temporary and permanent job opportunities
  • Enhanced security for development

Submit Your Comment on NYCHA's Land Lease Plan

*Figures for proposed floor area and residential units are estimates only and are subject to revision.

**Area Median Income (AMI) is a statistic that the federal government uses to determine how much a household can make in order to rent an apartment. AMI is regionally specific meaning that all of New York City has the same levels of what is affordable. Family size also helps determine AMI. The more people in a household the higher the income threshold is. In this case, 60% of AMI is the threshold level (as determined by the federal government). That means that for a household of four must make LESS than $51,540 total in order to qualify for this specific apartment.

Resident Engagement