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Manhattan studio apartments with rent as low as $710 per month in affordable housing lottery

Beth Torres

Here is an affordable housing lottery that should appeal to those who prefer the “big city” life. The Suffolk, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is a 390,000 square foot, 31-story building combining market rate and permanently affordable housing. Of The Suffolk’s 378 residences, 95 are available for this housing lottery.

If you decide to apply for this lottery, remember that the deadline for applications is April 12, 2023. See below for details on how to apply.

Apartment availability and rents

There are 95 apartments available in this housing lottery. Layout and monthly rents are shown below. Rent amounts are shown as ranges. The actual rent will be determined by total household income as a percentage of area median income or AMI. 

Eligible household income ranges for this lottery are 40%, 50%, and 100% of AMI. For details on income amounts visit the NYC Housing Connect webpage for this lottery.

Studio apartments. There are 32 studio apartments, for households of one or two people. Monthly rent varies from $710 to $1,904.

One-bedroom apartments. There are 42 one-bedroom apartments, for households of one to three people. Monthly rent varies from $756 to $2,035.

Two-bedroom apartments. There are 20 two-bedroom apartments, for households of two to five people. Monthly rent varies from $903 to $2,439.

Three-bedroom apartments. There is one three-bedroom apartment, for households of three to seven people. Monthly rent is $2,810.

Where is The Suffolk located?

The Suffolk is located at 55 Suffolk Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. The location is shown on the following map:


Heat and hot water are included in the rent. The tenant is responsible for electricity, including for cooking.


The non-smoking, 31-story building has an impressive list of amenities. Note, however, that use of some of them will incur extra charges. According to the NYC Housing Connect webpage:

“Additional fees apply for storage and access to the pool terrace, lounge, recreation rooms including co-working spaces and fitness center.”

Amenities include:

  • Pet friendly 
  • Shared laundry room 
  • Washers and dryers in units 
  • Dishwasher in unit 
  • Air-conditioning 
  • Bike storage lockers 
  • Rec room 
  • Gymnasium 
  • Pool 
  • Media room 
  • Common area wi-fi

How to Apply

Begin the application process with the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the NYC Housing Connect webpage for this lottery. Note that you will need to create an account at NYC Housing Connect in order to apply.

You might want to review some of the information provided by NYC Housing Connect before applying.

Be sure to apply by the application deadline: April 12, 2023.

The new Essex Market is about a block away

You won’t run out of variety in your diet with this place nearby.

Would you want to live in a 390,000 square foot building?

I realize some apartment buildings are much bigger than this one, but to me, The Suffolk looks like it could almost use its own zip code. (And yes, I realize that this is the case for some major office buildings.) Let me know in the comments how you think you would feel about life in a building like this.

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