Lottery opens for 16 affordable apartments near historic King Manor in Jamaica, from $1,500/month

March 31, 2020

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Applications are now being accepted for 16 middle-income new apartments in Jamaica, Queens. The seven-story residential building at 88-56 162nd Street contains 51 units. Located between busy Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue, the rental sits near a number of restaurants and retail spaces, as well as the Rufus King Park, home to the historic King Manor Museum. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range from $1,500/month one-bedrooms to $1,980/month two-bedrooms.

Apartments come with a dishwasher and an in-unit washer-dryer and residents have access to both parking and bike storage, both of which may require an extra fee. The rendering appears to show some units with balconies, as well as a possible accessible rooftop space.

Nearest transit options include the E and F trains at Parsons Boulevard, the J and Z trains at Jamaica Center, and a number of buses. Restaurants, cafes, retail stores, and a movie theater are all within walking distance from the building. Nine acres of woodland can be found at Captain Tilly Park, about a half-mile from the building, with Rufus King Park just a few blocks east.

King Manor was owned by Rufus King, a veteran of the American Revolution, a signer of the Constitution, U.S. Senator, Ambassador to England, and a vocal anti-slavery advocate. After purchasing the home in the early 19th-century, King’s politically active family lived there until 1896. A museum honoring the family opened in 1900 as the only historic house museum in Southeast Queens.

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units at 88-56 162nd Street until April 21, 2020. Complete details on how to apply are available here (pdf). 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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