New housing lottery in Long Island City misses the ‘affordable’ mark

November 8, 2018

Photo via CityRealty

With speculation about Amazon’s chosen HQ2 cities landing on Long Island City this week, the questions of transportation and affordability in the neighborhood have come to the forefront. And a new affordable housing lottery in the area does not look good for the latter. As of tomorrow, New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for 10 units at the newly constructed, mixed-use rental 40-05 Crescent Street. Located on the border of Astoria, the building houses 32 rentals, an underground parking garage, and two floors of manufacturing space. The “affordable” units range from $2,125/month studios to $2,741/month two-bedrooms.

Rendering via T.F. Cusanelli and Filletti Architects 

The building has a bike room, laundry room, rec room, and gym. It’s located just five blocks from both the F train at 21st Street-Queensbridge and the N train at 39th Avenue (that is, when it reopens).

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable apartments at 40-05 Crescent Street until December 3, 2018. 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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