I live in Westbeth Artist's Housing in the West Village. I'm one of the luckiest 1% (if that high) of people on earth. If you don't know Westbeth, look it up. www.westbeth.org. Formerly the headquarters for Bell Labs,  Westbeth  was founded in 1970 and is the largest arts community in America, housing 383 artists and their families in live/work spaces that are increasingly becoming less "affordable." I applied in 1995, and waited 14 years (until 2009). More than affordable housing, it's a community of friends and artists who inspire me and crazy eccentric tenants who don't. Regardless, we need more of these in NYC. Westbeth produces original events like WestFest Dance Festival, Pen Literary Quest, and has a 2900sf art gallery featuring resident and external artists. I've been Admissions Chair on Westbeth's Artists Residents Council since 2010, and volunteer my design efforts for the community.  Come visit and I'll give you a tour!