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‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery Opens in Astoria, 1 Bedrooms Go for $2,400

The Astor LIC, located at 36-20 Steinway St. (NYC Housing Connect)

Feb. 8, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

More than 40 “affordable” apartments in a newly-constructed building in Astoria are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery – but only for households that make at least $70,286 a year.

The building, called “The Astor LIC,” is located at 36-20 Steinway St., and 43 “affordable” housing units are available.

The Astor LIC, developed by JMH Development and the Mettle Property Group, is six stories and consists of 143 units, with 100 being market rate.

The building is situated on the site of the former Western Beef supermarket on Steinway Street and includes 18,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Applications for the “affordable” units are now open and applicants are required to apply on the NYC Housing Connect website. The lottery is open until April 7.

There is a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom “affordable” units on offer.

Rendering of a unit inside The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

There are 13 studio apartments available for $2,050 a month to households of one or two people who earn a combined annual income between $70,286 and $118,300.

Additionally, there are 21 one-bedroom units on offer for $2,400 a month to households of one to three people who make between $82,286 and $133,120 combined annually.

Nine two-bedroom units are available for $3,100 a month to households of two to five people who make between $106,286 and $159,640 combined annually.

A breakdown of the full income requirements is below. The lottery does not provide a preference–or a set aside– for residents of Community Board 1, which covers Astoria, parts of Long Island City, and Woodside.

The building comes with several amenities including a fully-equipped fitness center, a furnished residential lobby, shared recreational spaces, a 24-hour attended lobby and two rooftop terraces with views of the Manhattan skyline. There is also a parking lot and bicycle spaces.

Tenants are responsible for electric bills only while heat, hot water and gas are included.

The site is located in close proximity to the 36th Street subway station and is also close to the Museum of the Moving Image and the Kaufman Studio.

Rendering of a shared recreational space inside The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

A breakdown of the full income requirements for The Astor LIC (NYC Housing Connect)

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For the low low price of 1 million dollars

So these developers get tax breaks and are allowed to build as long as they alot a % of the units to “affordable housing” they use ridiculous equations to come up with some unaffordable number and the politicians get to stand at their press conference and talk about how great they are and how we need more of this. Is that what I’m getting here? Seems like we need real political change not just bs in this city. I think I’ll stay in my free market 1 bed apt for $1750 I cant afford these “affordable” apts

anon coward

their affordable is a % of their average price in neighborhood. So they all make neighborhood artificially high resulting in affordable pricing to be high.

We need reform for these developers.

I rent a 2BR apartment in Sunnyside Gardens for less then $2400. This is a ludicrous amount for a 1 bedroom.


that’s not a very nice area for that kind of money, unless you like living on a highway with constant loud noise in an industrial area. then there’s the LIRR on the other side, literally. i feel sorry for anyone that lives there.


Rents are still dropping throughout NYC!! Landlords are so desperate to rent! if you have a decent job negotiate!

Enough with this affordable crap!

My mortgage is 975. My maintenance is just under 700. My electric is 120. My cable is 160. STILL BELOW this bs of affordable housing!!!!!

Anon Coward

if you bought a house right now those numbers would change. But yea we still need to reform the developers.


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