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‘Affordable’ Housing Lottery–with Studios Going for Nearly $2,250–Opens in Astoria

29-19 Newtown Ave. (Photo: NYC HPD)

Sept. 28, 2020 Staff Report

If $2,241 per month for a studio meets your definition of affordable—then there is a lottery for you.

A new “affordable” housing lottery has opened with 14 units on offer in an Astoria development.

The units, located at 29-19 Newtown Ave., include studios, one bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Applicants have until Oct. 16 to apply and units will be awarded to qualified tenants via a lottery.

Two studios are on offer that will rent for $2,241 per month; five one bedrooms at $2,362; and seven two bedrooms are going for $2,849.

All units are going to tenants that earn 130 percent of the area median income. Therefore, the minimum income for an individual seeking a one bedroom is $78,858. For a two bedroom, the minimum income for a couple is $91,715.

The building, which is 8 stories and contains 44 apartments (including 30 market rate units), is located two blocks away from the 30th Avenue subway station which serves the N, W trains.

The units come with a patio/balcony, dishwasher, high-end kitchen appliances and countertops. The building includes covered parking, bike storage lockers, outdoor space and a gymnasium. There will also be a community center.

To apply, click here.


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Rents are out of control

Again what a Joke, Affordable for who? the rich guys? where’s the places for the working guy making $15 an hr. or seniors on SS. These rents are 3x my SS ck.
No wonder the Landlords get richer and richer. yet they cry when you need a repair. This city is going down down down


I bought a studio on the border of astoria. I pay 450$ maintenance and my mortgage is 700$. 1150$ and 25% of that goes to equity… (300$ per month appx to equity).

This is how you keep citizens poor and dependent on government. Also how you enrich builders who got tax abatement for this, but still collect this kind of rent.

book lover

Your apartment sounds like a really great deal, Rob. I’d jump at a chance for an apartment like that. I purchased a co-op once though and the maintenance always seemed to go up unexpectedly and a large “major improvement” to the building can eat up a LOT of money/ Wound up selling the apartment for a loss just to get rid of it.

They also don't know how to SPEND what they do have WISELY.

They blow it all on junk food, booze, drugs, inappropriate entertainment and many electronic devices and other status symbols.

Whole wheat bread is a necessity. Jalapeno poppers aren’t.

Enough with the affordable crap!

975.00 mortgage
700.00 maintenance
300.00 coned/spectrum combined.
Still less than this “RENT”!!!

Cynthia of Woodside

Thats alot of maintenance fee to be paying in Queens .
Do they cook & wash dishes too and do laundry for $700
Yes I agree $2241 sounds a lot for studio hardly affordable in my book.


@Cynthia – I have a two bedroom two bath in the Berkley, Gas and electric included and a parking spot and my maintenance is about a hundred more than the person you’re responding to.

Actually, I've seen higher for less safety and services.

And you are not disproving my point. And it’s safer with people who work and have an equal share and interest in living in a nice, respectable place.

You sound like someone who wants a lot of people to do stuff for you. Timetoadult.

Trump pays less than that in taxes!

Trump, who owns 9 golf clubs, paid less taxes for years than one of your mortgage payments. That’s a high mortgage!


That’s DeBlasio’s magic word created to justify the corrupt office he is running, a excuse for changing the zoning in queens and allow building high rises. Not many hard working people can even think of affording a “affordable “ apartment.

George Orwell

“Affordable” is one of those vague, relative terms that really needs to be officially quantified for this sort of thing.


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