Affordable housing waitlist opens for Rose Castle in Bed-Stuy

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The affordable housing waitlist at Rose Castle in Bed-Stuy is now open.
Image courtesy of NYC Housing Connect

An affordable housing lottery to fill current and future vacancies in at Rose Castle on the border of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant is now open. The nine-story mixed-use building at 31 Little Nassau St. offers 86 apartments total, with 77 considered “affordable” under the city’s 421-a tax program.

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Units in Rose Castle feature energy efficient appliances, air-conditioning, and more. Image courtesy of NYC Housing Connect

The building, tucked into a dead end street near Flushing Avenue, offers bike storage, a shared laundry room and gym, security cameras, and a recycling center. Apartments themselves feature energy-efficient appliances, high-end countertops and finishes, air conditioning, and smart controls for heating and cooling. Tenants can use an online portal to pay rent, contact maintenance, and more. 

Rose Castle includes a number of affordable studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, available for between 70% and 130% of the Area Median Income — depending on the size of the family renting the apartment, eligible incomes range from $59,968 per year to $198,250. 

The lottery includes 18 studios available for between $1,388 and $2,543, 20 1-bedrooms available for between $1,382 and $2,394, and 39 two-bedrooms available for between $1,649 and $2,646, Tenants are responsible for the electricity bill, including heat. 

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Units are available for New Yorkers earning between 70% and 130% of Area Median Income. Image courtesy of NYC Housing Connect

Median gross rent in Brooklyn Community Board 3, where Rose Castle is located, is $1,630, per city data. Nearly 60% of residents pay more than 30% of their income in rent, and are considered “rent burdened.” 

Prospective tenants who meet household income requirements can apply through NYC Housing Connect through Jan. 22, 2024.