Affordable Housing

A housing lottery opens for 51 apartments in Central Harlem near the Apollo Theater

  • Rents start at $2,150 for a studio
  • Eligible applicants must earn from $73,715 to $187,330
  • The deadline to apply is December 15th
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By Emily Myers  |
October 20, 2022 - 9:30AM

A rendering of the outdoor terrace at 224 West 124th St., where rents start at $2,770 for a one bedroom. 

NYC Housing Connect

Applications are open through the affordable housing lottery for 51 newly constructed apartments at 224 West 124th Street Apartments in Central Harlem. Rents start at $2,150 for a studio. Eligible applicants for this lottery must earn from $73,715 to $187,330, depending on the size of the household. 

The stabilized apartments are studios, one, and two bedrooms set aside for households earning from 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. 

There are 26 two-bedroom apartments available for renters with incomes from $113,246 to $187,330 depending on the number of people in the household. The rent for these is $3,303.

The apartments have high-end, energy-efficient appliances including dishwashers. There's close proximity to the A, B, C, 2, and 3 trains at 125th Street.

The building is just a block from the legendary Apollo Theater and the area is surrounded by parks. It's a 20 minute walk to Central Park at West 110th Street, there's also Morningside Park a few blocks to the west, and Marcus Garvey Park to the east. The building is a pet friendly and has a dog-washing station.

Other amenities include bike storage lockers, a garage, shared laundry facilities, and electric car charging stations. There's also a gym, party room, dance studio, children's playroom, and outdoor terrace. A $75 annual amenity package is waived for the first year but you have to pay for storage and parking fees. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than December 15th. 

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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