Lottery opens for 138 mixed-income units a block from the Coney Island boardwalk, from $558/month

October 21, 2021

Photo of Coney Island by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

Here’s a chance to live a block from Coney Island‘s beloved beach and boardwalk of  at a discount. A housing lottery launched this week for 138 affordable apartments at a new complex on Surf Avenue and West 20th Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Dubbed Raven Hall, the development has on-site laundry, a community center, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace with ocean views. New Yorkers earning 40, 50, 60, and 100 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, priced from $558/month studios to $2,229/month three-bedrooms.

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Raven Hall is part of a mixed-use affordable complex rising on an underused lot on Surf Avenue. The first building of the Surf Vets Place development, a nine-story structure with 135 supportive housing units, has already been completed. That development, located at 2002 Surf Avenue, includes 82 studio apartments set aside for homeless veterans.

Designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group and PC/Andi Pepper Interior Design, Raven Hall rises 20 stories and contains a total of 216 affordable units, with some designated for survivors of domestic violence. The building also contains parking and 8,600 square feet of retail.

The complex, developed by Georgica Green Ventures, sits just steps from Coney Island’s famed boardwalk, beach, amusement parks Deno’s Wonder Wheel and Luna Park, and much more.

In 2009, New York City approved the rezoning of Coney Island, allowing for more residential buildings and retail space along the southern end of Surf Avenue. John Catsimatidis’ luxury development Ocean Drive opened last year. At 1709 Surf Avenue, Taconic Investment Partners and the Prusik Group are constructing a mixed-use building that will hold 1,000 apartments.

Cammeby’s International Group plans on bringing a 40-story residential tower to 532 Neptune Avenue, which could be the tallest building in South Brooklyn. And developer LCOR filed plans last year to build a 461-unit project at 1515 Surf Avenue on the site of a parking lot owned by Gargiulo’s Restaurant.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units until December 20, 2021. Fifty percent of the units are set aside for residents of Brooklyn Community Board 13. Complete details on how to apply are available 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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  1. M

    I would like information on 1515 SURF AVE, BROOKLYN NY. These are new apartments. I
    would like to obtain an application and get the price rate for these apartments.