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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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Anonymous

“Affordable” is right. “Affordable” compared to the other hyperinflated prices that already exist I suppose.

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Anonymous

Affordable housing should be based on your current situation. I don’t have a job. I should get one of these apartments for free.

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BoriquaGato

These developments are not and never have been about affordability. It is simply an outlet for the Democrats y’all so lovingly vote for to pay off their developer donors with phony tax abatements using your tax money. THINK before you go into the voting booth. The “party of the people” politicians you vote for are screwing you daily and you DESERVE it because you make it all possible.

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Jimmy C

Astoria / Sunnyside take note. All this is occurring under your “progressive democrats”. Who do you think is going to rent these apartments? Certainly not the simple working people, the working homeless relegated to living in shelters or minorities. You know, the very people the liberal “progressive democrat” is pricing out of the area and into homelessness. When will you wake up and stop voting for them?????

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MC

By calling these units “affordable”, is not only a joke but it is completely excluding a large, working class demographic that cannot benefit and are cast aside as invalids. Seems to me that the only people who matter in this city are people politicians can tax the most 🙄

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Sandeep Shrivastav

How can 2400/monthly be affordable housing?? You need 75,000 as annual income. By what standard is this affordable housing?

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Salvatore Coppola

Yeah I like to know in whose World $2,400 a month for a one-bedroom unit is Affordable

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WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

How is $3,100 affordable?
If the minimum wage is $15(it’s less than that right now!) an hour. And a person earning $15 an hour works 40 hours a week, then their weekly wage would be $600 BEFORE tax’s are taken away!! That’s $2400 a month BEFORE taxes!! Affordable housing is just code for ‘TAX BREAK.’
If black and brown lives REALLY mattered to you, you should be out in the streets shouting about this! THIS IS MODERN-DAY RED LINING!

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Anonymous

I don’t see what equation equals luxury finishes for fast food workers. There’s the concept of living within your means. I’d love to live in a loft in tribeca but I don’t make enough.

On other side of this is with the pandemic there aren’t tons of people who can afford this so either they’ll lower rents or be sitting on a lot of empty apts.

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Suzanne

Why are these “affordable” housing lotteries happening for unaffordable apts?? It’s a joke.

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NYCLOCAL

The “Affordable” part should be removed from all Housing connect Buildings. Most or all of these listings are luxury properties. When will NYC build true affordable housing for those without nearly 6 figure incomes.

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JMIGNYC

Thought it was “affordable”. Seriously, $2k in Astoria, only an idiot would… nevermind. There has to be a mistake.

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Scott Topuz

Studio apartments for 2050 ! And you advertise this under “ Affordable Housing ? Please stop mocking people who makes under $ 50.000😡

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Dr Jose

How in the world is 2300 dollard affordable housing. Or people earning 70- 75000 dollars don’t need affordable housing. This is awful

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AstoriaGal65

What a joke. But glad you finally have the word affordable in quotes. I guess those of us making $30k or 45K are just….out of luck? We’re born and raised here and because we don’t make more money we’re supposed to leave? I know there are some who post here who think that way, but…..NO. That’s not right. Obviously “AFFORDABLE” is in the eye of the beholder. Pathetic.

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MC

I agree 100% they just want more people in the city who make six digits a year so they can get more tax dollars off them while pushing away the rest of us.

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