Affordable Housing

Housing lottery launches for 135 rent-stabilized apartments in Mott Haven, the Bronx

  • New Yorkers who earn $105,875 to $218,010 are eligible to apply, and rents start at $3,088 for a studio
  • The building replaced a former Zaro’s Bakery warehouse on the Bronx waterfront
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By Celia Young  |
May 9, 2024 - 11:30AM
A rendering of the 12-story building at 138 Bruckner Boulevard.

A rendering of the 12-story building at 138 Bruckner Blvd.

NYC Housing Connect

Housing lottery applications are open for 135 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. New Yorkers who earn $105,875 to $218,010 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $3,088 for a studio.

The building at 138 Bruckner Blvd. has parking, bike storage lockers, and an elevator. It’s located between Brook and St. Ann’s avenues near the Brook Avenue subway station serving the 6 train.

Developed by JCS Realty, the 12-story building replaced a former Zaro’s Family Bakery warehouse, where the Bronx-born eatery made its breads, cakes, and cookies, The Real Deal reported. The new building will hold 448 units total, according to StreetEasy.

A rendering of the main lobby inside the building at 138 Bruckner Boulevard.

A rendering of the main lobby inside 138 Bruckner Blvd.


NYC Housing Connect

The 135 rent-stabilized apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning from 130 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that changes based on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $108,700 for a person living alone. The apartments available include studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. 

There are 93 one-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $113,075 to $181,740. The rent for these apartments is $3,298. 

A rendering of the main elevator lobby inside the building at 138 Bruckner Boulevard.

A rendering of the main elevator lobby inside the new Bronx development.


NYC Housing Connect

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than June 24th.

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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