Affordable Housing

An affordable housing lottery opens for 23 apartments in Sunnyside, Queens

By Emily Myers | August 18, 2022 - 9:30AM

Rents start at $1,197 for a studio in an affordable housing lottery at 43-46 51st St., a new building on the border of Sunnyside and Woodside.

NYC Housing Connect

Applications are open for 23 newly constructed apartments at 43-46 51st St. on the border of Sunnyside and Woodside through the affordable housing lottery. Rents start at $1,197 a month for a studio. Eligible applicants for this specific lottery must earn from $43,612 to $187,330 depending on the size of the household. 

There are eight one-bedroom apartments available for renters with incomes of $54,618 to $96,080, depending on the number of people in the household. The rent for these apartments is $1,509.

The stabilized apartments are studios, one, and two bedrooms set aside for people earning 80 percent to 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 building is at the junction of Queens Boulevard and 51st Street. The nearest subway is 52 St. - Lincoln Av. where you can catch the 7 train. 

All apartments have washer/dryers and dishwashers. The building also has a shared laundry room, bike storage lockers, a gym, and a rooftop terrace. The developers have set aside 50 percent of the affordable apartments for those who live in the community. There is also a 5 percent preference for NYC employees. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than October 4th. 

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.


Emily Myers

Senior Writer/Podcast Producer

Emily Myers is a senior writer, podcast host, and producer at Brick Underground. She studied journalism at the University of the Arts, London, and graduated with a MA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. As host of the Brick Underground podcast she has earned three awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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