Affordable Housing

Housing lottery opens for 67 apartments in Jamaica, Queens

  • New Yorkers who earn $57,292 to $198,250 are eligible to apply
  • The building has a yoga studio, gym, laundry room, and recreation room
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By Celia Young  |
October 19, 2023 - 9:30AM
A rendering of a new, nine-story grey building at 153-10 88th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens

A rendering of the new, nine-story building at 153-10 88th Ave. in Jamaica, Queens.

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Housing lottery applications are open for 67 rent-stabilized apartments at a new development in Jamaica, Queens. New Yorkers who earn $57,292 to $198,250 are eligible to apply, depending on the size of the household. Rents start at $1,585 for a studio.

The building at 155-10 88th Ave. between Parsons Boulevard and 153rd Street has a laundry room, gym, yoga studio, rooftop terrace and a recreation room. It’s located near the Parsons Boulevard F train subway station and the Jamaica Center–Parsons/Archer Station, the end of the line for the E, J, and Z trains.

A rendering of the rooftop terrace at 153-10 88th Avenue in Jamaica, Queens.

A rendering of the rooftop terrace at 153-10 88th Ave. in Jamaica, Queens.


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Developer Zara Realty topped out the nine-story building and its 223 units last year. Zara has a large portfolio of Queens properties including in Flushing, where some of its tenants have accused the landlord of harassment. 

The apartments are set aside for New Yorkers earning 80 or 130 percent of the area median income (AMI)—a metric that depends on how many people you live with. Currently the AMI for New York City is $113,000 for a two-person household. The apartments available include studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. 

There are 23 one-bedroom apartments available for households earning from $61,372 to $101,680, depending on the number of people you live with. The rent for these apartments is $1,692. 

The developers have set aside 50 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments for applicants who already live in the area. Another 5 percent of the apartments will be preferentially given to NYC employees, and a small percentage of the apartments are set aside for residents with mobility, vision, and hearing needs. 

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Dec. 12th.

If you’re interested and think you might qualify for one of these apartments, you can create a profile and apply online via NYC Housing Connect. For details on this particular lottery, click here. Don’t apply more than once, or you could be disqualified.

Winning a rent-stabilized apartment can be life changing: Rent increases are capped and lease renewals are automatic, providing long-term stability for NYC renters. Need more information on how the housing lottery works? Check out “6 steps for applying to NYC's affordable housing lottery.”

For some advice from successful applicants read “How to land a rental apartment through NYC's affordable housing lottery.” And if you or someone you know is having trouble with the application process, consider reaching out to a housing ambassador in the community.

Note: Brick Underground is in no way affiliated with New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development or the Housing Development Corporation. If you are interested in applying to these or other affordable housing developments, please go to NYC Housing Connect for information and instructions.

Have you successfully won an apartment through the affordable housing lottery? If you have first-person advice to share about the process, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email. We respect all requests for anonymity.


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Celia Young

Senior Writer

Celia Young is a senior writer at Brick Underground where she covers New York City residential real estate. She graduated from Brandeis University and previously covered local business at the Milwaukee Business Journal, entertainment at Madison Magazine, and commercial real estate at Commercial Observer. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

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