Apply for 219 affordable units at new sustainable rental in Cypress Hills, from $202/month

February 2, 2022

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

On the border of Brooklyn’s East New York and Cypress Hills neighborhoods, a newly constructed rental building designed to meet Passive House standards is now accepting applications for 219 affordable apartments. Located at 110 Dinsmore Place, Chestnut Commons rises 14-stories and contains housing for low-income and formerly homeless New Yorkers. Those earning 20, 40, 50, 70, and 80 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range from $202/month studios to $2,037/month three-bedrooms.

Developed by MHANY Management and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Chestnut Commons sits between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street.

As one of the first developments to come as a result of the East New York rezoning effort, the apartment building includes 275 deeply affordable units, retail space, a satellite campus for CUNY Kingsborough Community College, a performing arts center run by ARTS East New York, a social service center, a food manufacturing incubator, and a Brooklyn Federal Credit Union branch.

Designed by Dattner Architects, the building meets Passive house standards by integrating several sustainability features, like a rooftop farm for residents, solar panels, and deeply recessed windows for Passive solar shading to reduce energy usage. Chestnut Commons is expected to open this spring.

Amenities include a 24-hour security system, rooftop access, community room, on-site laundry, a second-floor garden, and free broadband internet in units and in common areas.

Chestnut Commons site; Courtesy of NYC Planning

Nearby, permits have been filed for the first phase of Atlantic Chestnut, a mixed-use development set to bring nearly 1,200 units of housing to East New York. The complex, developed by nonprofit Phipps Housing and also designed by Dattner Architects, will have three 14-story buildings across four acres.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until April 4, 2022. Full details on how to apply can be found here. Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311. If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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