Apply for 195 affordable units in Long Island City’s glitzy new rental tower The Hayden, from $913/month

November 22, 2016

Current view of construction via 6sqft

Rockrose Development‘s newest Long Island City rental The Hayden commenced its affordable housing lottery earlier this November. As first reported by Court Square Blog, the massive 50-story, 924-unit, amenity-filled complex at 43-25 Hunter Street will deliver 195 below-market units to the western Queens neighborhood when it opens sometime in 2017. The subsidized units are earmarked for households who earn no more than 60 percent of the area median income, and according to the building’s official lottery webpage, range from $913/month studios to $1,183/month two-bedrooms.

Google Earth rendering via CityRealty

With thousands of rental units under construction, Long Island City now has nine residential skyscrapers more than 50 stories in various stages of development. In addition to cheaper-than- Manhattan rents within new, amenity-filled towers, much of the appeal lies in its panoramic views of the skyline and unbeatable access into Midtown and Hudson Yards.

The Hayden, affordable housing, Long Island City rentals,

The Hayden, affordable housing, Long Island City rentals,

Formerly planned as an office tower dubbed 10 Court Square, The Hayden rises 535 feet from a triangular-shaped site along Jackson Avenue with a leg that extends northeast to 43rd Avenue. New renderings were released earlier this summer showing its glasssy exterior and some of the private landscaped amenities. SLCE are the designers and architects of record. In his building review, CityRealty architecture critic Carter Horsley describes the building as “no cookie-cutter development,” adding, “this large rental apartment project looks like it has conquered the blender with its strong mix of façade patterns and building massing at the convenient heart of Long Island City.”

The Hayden, affordable housing, Long Island City rentals,

The Hayden, affordable housing, Long Island City rentals,

Amenities will include a yoga room, basketball court, Zen garden, rooftop solarium, screening room, library, and 19,400 square feet of retail on the ground floor. The project is adjacent to Rockrose’s 2013 rental tower Linc LIC. Also directly to the southwest is LIC’s once lonely skyscraper One Court Square (aka the Citigroup Building) and its subway hub serviced by the 7, E, G and M trains.

The Hayden, affordable housing, Long Island City rentals,

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units at The Hayden until November 30, 2016. Residents of Queens Community Board 2 will be given preference for 50 percent of the units. 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.

Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city, or find future market-rate listings at The Hayden here.


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