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An affordable housing lottery launches for 126 apartments on the Astoria waterfront

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By Emily Myers  |
September 15, 2022 - 12:45PM

Rents for apartments in the Astoria West housing lottery start at $2,350. 

NYC Housing Connect

Applications are open for 126 newly constructed apartments at 11-12 30th Drive and 11-28 30th Drive in Astoria through the affordable housing lottery. Rents start at $2,350 a month for a studio. Eligible applicants for this specific lottery must earn from $80,572 to $187,330, depending on the size of the household. 

There are 62 one-bedroom apartments at the waterfront Astoria West complex available for renters with incomes of $92,538 to $156,130 depending on the number of people in the household. The rent for these apartments is $2,699.

The stabilized apartments are studios, one, and two bedrooms set aside for people earning 130 percent of the area median income (AMI). This varies depending on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $106,800 for a two-person household. 

The nearest subway is 30th Avenue where you can catch the N and W trains. 

The building is pet friendly and there's a long list of amenities including a rooftop terrace and pool, parking, a gym, party room, playroom, and even a golf simulator lounge. As you might expect, additional fees apply for the use of these perks. Each apartment has a dishwasher as well as a washer/dryer. There's also a shared laundry room in the building. Rent includes hot water and tenants are responsible for electricity. 


Apartments have energy-efficient appliances and hardwood floors. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 14th. 

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 one of these rent-stabilized apartments can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term affordability 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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