Affordable Housing

Housing lottery opens for 51 new apartments in Harlem

By Emily Myers | May 26, 2022 - 9:30AM

A rendering of the pool and rooftop terrace at 1998 Second Ave., in Manhattan. 

Housing Connect

Applications are open for 51 newly constructed apartments at 1998 Second Ave. through the affordable housing lottery for applicants who meet income eligibility requirements.

The rent-stabilized apartments are studios, one, two, and three bedrooms set aside for renters who earn from $75,429 to $215,150. Households of one to seven people earning 130 percent of the area median income are eligible to apply. Rents start at $2,200 a month for a studio. For a three-bedroom apartment, the rent is $3,750. 

There are 24 one-bedroom apartments available for one to three person households with incomes of $85,715 to $156,130. The rent for 11 of these apartments is $2,500. For the remaining 14 one-bedroom apartments, the rent is $2,600. 

The red brick building is at the junction of 2nd Avenue and East 103rd Street, a few blocks from the East River Greenway. The nearest subway is 103 Street at Lexington Avenue, where you can catch the 4 and 6 trains. 

The building is pet friendly and has a media room, pool, and roof terrace with an outdoor 17-foot movie screen. There's also a fitness center and an on-site resident manager as well as an attended lobby. All apartments have washer/dryers. Rent includes gas for heating but tenants are responsible for electricity. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than July 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.

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