Turn-of-the-century apartment cooperative is New York’s first to apply solar panels for service water heating.

Two national needs, for low income urban housing and alter­nate energy sources, are met in a unique “sweat equity” rehabili­tation of a Lower East Side Manhattan tenement building. The 11-apartment, five-story, 10,410 sq ft walk-up at 519 East 11th Street is one of mi;my similar structures in the city that have been abandoned by their landlords as unprofitable. An estimated 30,000 apartment units are being aban­doned each year. Soaring fuel costs are pushing many marginal pro­perties into the red.

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