Affordable Housing

A housing lottery launches for 50 apartments in Forest Hills, Queens

  • Renters who earn $94,286 to $198,250 are eligible to apply and rents start at $2,750 for a one bedroom
  • Use of amenities like a gym, bike storage lockers, and rooftop terrace require a monthly fee of $75
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By Celia Young  |
September 14, 2023 - 12:30PM
a rendering of the new forest hills affordable development

A rendering of 73-65 Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills, Queens.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 50 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in Forest Hills, Queens. New Yorkers who earn $94,286 to $198,250 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $2,750 for a one-bedroom apartment.

The pet-friendly building at 73-65 Yellowstone Blvd. has a gym, bike storage lockers, community center, and rooftop terrace, and residents will be charged a monthly $75 fee for amenities, excluding parking. It is located about a mile from the Forest Hills Station on the Long Island Rail Road and the Forest Hills-71 Avenue E and F subway station, and uses an alternate address of 69-65 Yellowstone Blvd. 

Developed by Slate Property Group and Grobman-Gross Properties, the project initially sparked concerns from residents upset that the building would replace the existing Key Food supermarket in 2021. In May, Trader Joe’s confirmed it will open a new store at the base of the 11-story property, the Queens Chronicle reported. 

The development’s apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning from 130 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $113,00 for a two-person household. The apartments available include one and two-bedroom units. 

There are 36 one-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $94,286 to $165,230. The rent for these apartments ranges from $2,750 to $3,000 per month. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Nov. 6th, 2023.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term stability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC's affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC's affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. If you are interested in applying to these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

Have you successfully won an apartment through the affordable housing lottery? If you have first-person advice to share about the process, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email. We respect all requests for anonymity.


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Celia Young

Senior Writer

Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

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