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In the same way our brains have come to relearn how to distribute serotonin thanks to our new insta-pleasure notification culture, so has the semblance of affordability come to rely on being announced in small packages of affordability. So long as a single digit quantity of subsidized, if not actually “affordable” units become available for lottery periodically, the illusion that de Blasio’s equality model is working can be maintained – right? Unclear, but while the illusion is debatable, the state of affordability in New York is crystal clear: rents remain prohibitively high, ironically including in the case of some of these subsidized units.

Today’s lottery is located in Downtown Brooklyn, where many of the recent glut of lotteries are. The newly constructed development at 237 Duffield St. has a single studio, 18 one-bedrooms and three two-bedrooms open for lottery. The building features a virtual doorman, rooftop deck, common room lounge with TV and internet and laundry. It is near, like, two-thirds of subway lines: the A, B, C, D, F, G, N, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and a variety of busses.

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The studio is renting for $867/month to one-person households making between $31,61 and $40,080 annually. The one-bedrooms are going for $931/month to one- to two-person families making $33,875 to $45,840 annually. The two-bedrooms are renting for $1,123/month to two- to four-person families making between $40,972 and $57,240 annually.

A percentage of the units, as always, are set aside for mobility-, vision- or hearing-disabled applicants, and preference for half of the units will go to current residents of Brooklyn Community Board 2. Municipal employees will get preference for five percent of units.

The lottery opened today and is accepting applications through November 30. Check out NYC Housing Connect for the full building profile and how to apply.

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