New affordable housing development underway

A rendering of a projected 66-unit building under construction at Brook Ave. and 147th Street.

A rendering of a projected 66-unit building under construction at Brook Ave. and 147th Street.

A new development with 66 apartments is under construction on Brook Avenue, as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan to build 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years.

Brook Avenue Apartments will include a five- and- a- seven-story building, both on a previously vacant lot at the corner of 147th Street and Brook Avenue.

The five-story building will include seven studio apartments, 35 one-bedrooms, 11 two-bedrooms and a three-bedroom apartment. Fourteen of the apartments will be meet federal Area Media Income guidelines for affordablity to households earning up to 40 percent of the AMI, or an annual income of no more than $23,500 for one person or $33,550 for a family of four. The remaining 40 uapartments will be affordable to households earning up to 60 percent AMI, or an annual income of no more than $35,280 for a lone renter or $50,340 for a family of four. There will be parking for about 26 vehicles, the builders estimate.

The seven-story building is slated to comprise 10 two-bedroom apartments and one one-bedroom apartment, along with about 1,700 square-feet of commercial space. All units will be affordable to households earning 60 percent AMI.

The mayor’s closest ally in the City Council applauded the groundbreaking.

“The Brook Avenue Apartments will bring much-needed affordable housing to Mott Haven while respecting the character and history of the existing neighborhood,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose district includes Mott Haven, in September.

The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development is partnering with private developer Yucco Real Estate on the project. There will be “a substantial number of apartments for the very low- income households, who often have the hardest time finding good quality affordable housing,” said the housing department’s commissioner Vicki Been.

The city requires that all city-subsidized apartments be rented through an open lottery system to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to eligible applicants. Marketing of the apartments and the application process for the lottery typically begin when construction is approximately 70 percent complete.

For more information regarding the lottery process or to receive an e-mail when HPD updates its available apartment and home website listings for City-subsidized housing in the five boroughs, visit the Apartment Seekers and Homebuyers pages at Current housing lotteries are also available at Applicants may submit either a paper an electronic application.


  • Luis A. Arroyo

    Rumor has it that the 40 Pct is moving into this area also. How true is my statement?

  • Guest

    Why only 5 and 7 stories? Could have been taller and provided more housing.

  • AnoNYC

    Housing located along primary thoroughfares like Brook Avenue and plentiful rapid transit options should be significantly denser. The taller structure should have been twice as tall (12-15 stories). The structure along East 147th Street should have been at least 6 stories.