Affordable Housing

A housing lottery launches for a luxury building in Long Island City

  • Rents start at $2,896 and you're eligible to apply if you earn from $99,292 to $187,330
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By Emily Myers  |
May 4, 2023 - 9:30AM
Exterior rendering of modern brick and glass apartment building with ground floor retail spacein Queens

This lottery presents an opportunity for middle-income earners to get a rent-stabilized apartment in a luxury building.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 48 newly constructed apartments at 8 Court Square in Long Island City, Queens. New Yorkers who earn from $99,292 to $187,330 are eligible, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $2,896 for a studio.

The building presents an opportunity for middle-income earners to get a rent-stabilized apartment in a luxury building. Eligible applicants must earn 130 percent of the area median income (AMI). The AMI metric depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household. 

The pet-friendly building allows you to have multiple pets, including large dogs, and also has a pet-washing station. Amenities include a rooftop terrace, business center, gym, dance studio, and bike storage, for which additional fees apply. The apartments all have energy-efficient appliances, hardwood floors, dishwashers, and in-unit washers and dryers.  

The available apartments include studios as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. The rent for a one bedroom is $3,094. Tenants are responsible for electricity, which includes heat. Gas for cooking is included in the rent.

The building is near Court Square station for the 7, G, E and M trains. At nearby Queens Plaza you can access the N, R, and W lines.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than June 26th.

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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Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She writes about issues ranging from market analysis and tenants' rights to the intricacies of buying and selling condos and co-ops. As host of the Brick Underground podcast, she has earned four silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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