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We've spent the past week showing you some of the most beautiful and exciting rental apartments available in New York. The sad reality is, however, that for most New Yorkers, these lovely spaces are nowhere near affordable. There are, however, a handful of rentals available to those whose salaries are less than sky-high —offered by various affordable housing programs across the city, such as HPD's Housing Connect. Some buildings are brand-new construction in the most desirable neighborhoods, while others are a little farther out. But hey, there isn't much room to be picky at these prices! Tenants are chosen via an application process that has strict income restrictions. Some deadlines are rapidly approaching, so act fast.
—Wesley Yiin

HPD also keeps a list of Mitchell-Lama buildings that are currently accepting applications, but right now all of the options are for buildings with waiting lists. Meanwhile, New York State's Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) division also tracks affordable housing lotteries on its website, but it seems that all of those are also for waiting list spots. Still, in addition to Housing Connect, those are important sites to bookmark and check regularly for updates.

Do you know about any places currently accepting applications that we might've missed? Send them on over!


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605 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

We'll start off with Sky, soon to be the city's largest apartment building with 1,175 units. Applications are being accepted for the building's 235 affordable units until July 13, and rental prices range from $868 for a studio to $1,124 for two-bedrooms. Amenities abound, but most of them, including the "water club," putting green, and cafe, come at an additional price, so affordable housing applicants may not want to get their hopes up! Household incomes may range from $31,132 to $51,780. Market-rate apartments will start leasing later this year.

2. 530 West 45th Street

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530 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Located next to mega-building Gotham West, the new middle-income affordable rentals at 530 West 45th Street are a better deal than their neighbors, if a little less lavish. There are two places available: one two-bedroom priced at $3,020 and a three-bedroom priced at $3,483. Applications are rolling.[Photo via NY Post]

3. 455 West 37th Street

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455 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

This new Midtown West building has just one available studio, priced at $553 for incomes that fall in between $20,640 and $24,080. Applications are rolling.

4. 505W37

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505 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 842-0968
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Two studios are also available in this relatively new Hudson Yards building. Same as the previous entry: the apartments are $553, with income ranging from $20,640 to $24,080, and applications are rolling.

5. Arabella 101

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101 Avenue D
New York, NY 10009
(646) 745-9779
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Just a single one-bedroom apartment is still available at Arabella 101, which contains a total of 78 affordable and rent-stabilized units and first opened its doors in late 2012. This unit, located above the Lower East Side Girls Club, is asking $2,065/month for those with incomes between $72,206 and $120,925, and applications are rolling.

6. Bridge 145

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151 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10039

Worried about the early application deadlines in the buildings above? This renovated Harlem building with 50 apartments up for rent has its application deadline set for August 3, so there's plenty of time. There are studios, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom apartments available, and there are different income brackets for each unit size. The cheapest studios are set for $922 per month, while the most expensive two-bedroom apartments are renting for $1,682. Household earnings may range from $32,983 to $94,930.

7. The Refinery

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490 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

At this brand-new Clinton Hill apartment building, which just started leasing its market-rate units, the amenities are free (or at least that's what we assume, since it doesn't say otherwise), and they include "reflecting pools with cabanas". Now, the apartments themselves: 19 are affordable residences, with studios going for $816 and two-bedroom places going for $1064 for annual household earnings ranging from $29,932 to $51,780. The deadline to apply is next Thursday, June 11, so hurry! The building contains 91 units overall, and at the end of last month, seven had hit the market.

8. 15 Dunham Place

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15 Dunham Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11249

This Williamsburg building debuted in 2012 with 79 affordable units and 80 market-rate apartments. Now it is accepting applications on a rolling basis for an unspecified number of studios priced at $1,862. Your income must fall between $65,212 and $105,875 in order to qualify.

9. Navy Green R1

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7 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

An unspecified number of studios and one-bedroom apartments are available in R1, one of three buildings making up the entirely affordable Navy Green complex in Fort Greene. Studios are priced at $867 and one-bedrooms are $931. Applications are rolling, but your annual income must fall between $31,098 and $41,460. [Photo via Brownstoner]

10. Livonia Commons

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491 Sheffield Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

By late 2015, this complex will transform an area of East New York into a mixed-use space, complete with retail and community spaces. For now, 223 of the 278 affordable housing units (which comprise all of the complex's residential units and are spread across four different buildings) are available,, with studios going for as low as $500 per month. Three-bedroom rentals are available for $1,196. Annual household earnings may range from $18,515 (for the cheapest studios) to $60,120 (for 3BRs), and applications are due on July 1. [Image via the Housing Partnership]

11. Dumont Green

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1490 Dumont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Also in East New York are eight units in this entirely affordable building of 176 apartments. The application deadline is rolling, but your annual income must fall between $15,532 and $41,460 for these apartments, which range from $413 per month to $931 per month. [Image via MHG Architects]

12. 37A Cooper Street

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37 Cooper Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Two out of the eight units in this new Bushwick building located next to a community garden are accepting applications. One is a studio priced at $820 for a household with an income between $28,115 and $36,300. The other is a one-bedroom going for $940 for a household income between $32,229 and $41,460. Applications are due on June 10—so get on it! [Photo via Zillow. Caveat: the apartment shown may not be one of the affordable ones up for grabs.]

13. The Arbor at Locust Manor

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169 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11412

This new Jamaica building will consist entirely of affordable apartments, with 31 one-bedrooms and 22 two-bedrooms. Prices range from $693 per month to $1,031, and households with incomes ranging from $26,332 to $51,780 are welcome to apply before July 15.

14. West Tremont Residences

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92 West Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

All 50 of these newly constructed units meant for senior citizens in the Bronx's Mount Hope neighborhood are one-bedroom apartments, with the cheapest going for just $378 (though there are only two of them!) and the most expensive priced at $810. Incomes may range from $15,237 to $41,460, and applications are due at the end of this month. But remember—you have to be at least 55 years old to apply.

15. 1016 Washington Avenue

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1016 Washington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456

This oddly geometric building has 64 available affordable apartments. At cheapest, studios are going for $755 per month, and at most, three-bedroom residences are priced at $1,134 per month. Your household must make somewhere between $27,842 and $54,432. Applications are due June 8 on this one, so hurry and send yours in, if you're interested! [Image via Sustainable Affordable Housing]

1. Sky

605 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

We'll start off with Sky, soon to be the city's largest apartment building with 1,175 units. Applications are being accepted for the building's 235 affordable units until July 13, and rental prices range from $868 for a studio to $1,124 for two-bedrooms. Amenities abound, but most of them, including the "water club," putting green, and cafe, come at an additional price, so affordable housing applicants may not want to get their hopes up! Household incomes may range from $31,132 to $51,780. Market-rate apartments will start leasing later this year.

605 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

2. 530 West 45th Street

530 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Located next to mega-building Gotham West, the new middle-income affordable rentals at 530 West 45th Street are a better deal than their neighbors, if a little less lavish. There are two places available: one two-bedroom priced at $3,020 and a three-bedroom priced at $3,483. Applications are rolling.[Photo via NY Post]

530 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

3. 455 West 37th Street

455 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018

This new Midtown West building has just one available studio, priced at $553 for incomes that fall in between $20,640 and $24,080. Applications are rolling.

455 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

4. 505W37

505 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

Two studios are also available in this relatively new Hudson Yards building. Same as the previous entry: the apartments are $553, with income ranging from $20,640 to $24,080, and applications are rolling.

505 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018

5. Arabella 101

101 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009

Just a single one-bedroom apartment is still available at Arabella 101, which contains a total of 78 affordable and rent-stabilized units and first opened its doors in late 2012. This unit, located above the Lower East Side Girls Club, is asking $2,065/month for those with incomes between $72,206 and $120,925, and applications are rolling.

101 Avenue D
New York, NY 10009

6. Bridge 145

151 West 145th Street, New York, NY 10039

Worried about the early application deadlines in the buildings above? This renovated Harlem building with 50 apartments up for rent has its application deadline set for August 3, so there's plenty of time. There are studios, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom apartments available, and there are different income brackets for each unit size. The cheapest studios are set for $922 per month, while the most expensive two-bedroom apartments are renting for $1,682. Household earnings may range from $32,983 to $94,930.

151 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10039

7. The Refinery

490 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

At this brand-new Clinton Hill apartment building, which just started leasing its market-rate units, the amenities are free (or at least that's what we assume, since it doesn't say otherwise), and they include "reflecting pools with cabanas". Now, the apartments themselves: 19 are affordable residences, with studios going for $816 and two-bedroom places going for $1064 for annual household earnings ranging from $29,932 to $51,780. The deadline to apply is next Thursday, June 11, so hurry! The building contains 91 units overall, and at the end of last month, seven had hit the market.

490 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

8. 15 Dunham Place

15 Dunham Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11249

This Williamsburg building debuted in 2012 with 79 affordable units and 80 market-rate apartments. Now it is accepting applications on a rolling basis for an unspecified number of studios priced at $1,862. Your income must fall between $65,212 and $105,875 in order to qualify.

15 Dunham Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11249

9. Navy Green R1

7 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

An unspecified number of studios and one-bedroom apartments are available in R1, one of three buildings making up the entirely affordable Navy Green complex in Fort Greene. Studios are priced at $867 and one-bedrooms are $931. Applications are rolling, but your annual income must fall between $31,098 and $41,460. [Photo via Brownstoner]

7 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

10. Livonia Commons

491 Sheffield Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

By late 2015, this complex will transform an area of East New York into a mixed-use space, complete with retail and community spaces. For now, 223 of the 278 affordable housing units (which comprise all of the complex's residential units and are spread across four different buildings) are available,, with studios going for as low as $500 per month. Three-bedroom rentals are available for $1,196. Annual household earnings may range from $18,515 (for the cheapest studios) to $60,120 (for 3BRs), and applications are due on July 1. [Image via the Housing Partnership]

491 Sheffield Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

11. Dumont Green

1490 Dumont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Also in East New York are eight units in this entirely affordable building of 176 apartments. The application deadline is rolling, but your annual income must fall between $15,532 and $41,460 for these apartments, which range from $413 per month to $931 per month. [Image via MHG Architects]

1490 Dumont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

12. 37A Cooper Street

37 Cooper Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207

Two out of the eight units in this new Bushwick building located next to a community garden are accepting applications. One is a studio priced at $820 for a household with an income between $28,115 and $36,300. The other is a one-bedroom going for $940 for a household income between $32,229 and $41,460. Applications are due on June 10—so get on it! [Photo via Zillow. Caveat: the apartment shown may not be one of the affordable ones up for grabs.]

37 Cooper Street
Brooklyn, NY 11207

13. The Arbor at Locust Manor

169 Baisley Boulevard, St. Albans, NY 11412

This new Jamaica building will consist entirely of affordable apartments, with 31 one-bedrooms and 22 two-bedrooms. Prices range from $693 per month to $1,031, and households with incomes ranging from $26,332 to $51,780 are welcome to apply before July 15.

169 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11412

14. West Tremont Residences

92 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453

All 50 of these newly constructed units meant for senior citizens in the Bronx's Mount Hope neighborhood are one-bedroom apartments, with the cheapest going for just $378 (though there are only two of them!) and the most expensive priced at $810. Incomes may range from $15,237 to $41,460, and applications are due at the end of this month. But remember—you have to be at least 55 years old to apply.

92 West Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

15. 1016 Washington Avenue

1016 Washington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10456

This oddly geometric building has 64 available affordable apartments. At cheapest, studios are going for $755 per month, and at most, three-bedroom residences are priced at $1,134 per month. Your household must make somewhere between $27,842 and $54,432. Applications are due June 8 on this one, so hurry and send yours in, if you're interested! [Image via Sustainable Affordable Housing]

1016 Washington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456