75 studio units and 5 family units
The Rio was renovated from the abandoned Rio Vista Hotel. It was New York City’s first project integrating supportive housing with children.
Renovation was accomplished under budget and two months ahead of schedule. It opened just days before Thanksgiving in 1991, funded by funds from the City’s SRO Loan Program and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits at a total development cost of $3 million. A penthouse level was added on the roof for office space, a community lounge and art gallery, and a lovely garden of perennials and evergreens tended by a Rio tenant.
Like Broadway Housing’s other buildings, the diversity of this community ranges from those who have become totally independent to those who need daily assistance.
In 1998, Broadway Housing began hosting educational and cultural arts programs for neighborhood children at The Rio, including a small after school program providing homework assistance Monday through Thursday and cultural and art activities during the weekend.
A portion of the penthouse level is used as a community art gallery and showcases emerging Latin and African American artists.