Here’s how to get an apartment in the Towers of Bay Ridge

Housing lottery: Apartments in the Bay Ridge Towers are for sale for as little as $13,562, and the state is now accepting applications.
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Now is your chance to own a piece of Brooklyn, for as little as $13,500.

The Towers of Bay Ridge — those twin monoliths of Mitchell-Lama–style cooperative living on 65th Street — are taking hundreds of applications for the complex’s housing lottery.

And people looking for sweet digs at a low price should throw their names into the hat, according to one resident, who said you can’t beat the views or the price.

“I love living here. It makes life so much more affordable,” said Daniela Cheeseman, who has lived in the towers for eight years with her husband. “We have beautiful views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the apartment is really nice. I really encourage people to apply.”

The vaulting, 30-story towers boast basement laundry, a backyard jungle gym for little ones, and 300 parking spots (separate wait list required) for $60 a month each.

The 811-unit co-op is taking 100 applications for studio apartments, 300 for one-bedrooms, and 50 for three-bedrooms.

Lottery winners will be placed on a wait list, so even if your name is picked, you’ll have to wait for an apartment to actually open up.

But mainly, it is a crazy-cheap way to buy an apartment. Unit prices range depending on income:

• Studios are $13,500–$17,300 for households with a maximum $47,000 annual income.

• One-bedrooms are $18,700–$22,700 for households making no more than $61,400 a year.

• Three-bedrooms are $34,400–$36,300 for families earning $96,600 or less.

The co-op charges members a monthly service fee ranging from $400 to $1,000, but most of the utilities are included, Cheeseman said

Veterans and their surviving spouses get a preference in the lottery.

There is a $200, refundable application fee.

To request a lottery form, send a self-addressed stamped envelope no smaller than 9-by-4 inches via United States Postal Service first-class mail to: Election Services United, PO Box 7650, Garden City, NY, 11530.

The deadline to apply to the lottery is 9 am on Nov. 18.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Whoo else from Ft. Greene says:
Sh*t, sign me up!
Nov. 10, 2016, 1:14 pm
charles from bath beach says:
Sent for an application and got one last week.
Sent it back, they didn't give you a lot of time.
It had to be back by the 23rd of Dec.
Dec. 20, 2016, 3:30 pm
Barnes from Sheepshead Bay says:
Sent for the application and just got it today, with the deadline being December 23.. they have very specific instructions on the application down to what size envelope you can send it in otherwise it will be rejected.. seems to me they are trying to disqualify a lot of people based on this type of stuff. I made sure I went over everything a dozen times before I mailed it, hopefully it gets there by the deadline.
Dec. 21, 2016, 11:31 pm
daniela from sheepsheadbay says:
I received application december 21st after i came from work
the application should be back bt december 23rd 12 pm
how is it possible to get application back on time? this is the corrupted way to do the business, i will make a complain to 311
Dec. 22, 2016, 6:47 am
Mariya from Brooklyn says:
I have the same problem: received the aplication December 21st after i came from sork. How it supposed to be returned by 12pm December 23rd? I do not understand how they can do this to the people? I think this is unfair way to disqualify people. I am going to file the complaine and find out why they discriminate me and sent me the aplication one day bedore the deadline?
Dec. 22, 2016, 5:43 pm
Stonewall from Brooklyn says:
Haa December 21 for some of you is nothing. I got mine today - December 22 about 4-5 pm. I'm sure many of you heard about scam that these lottery people run. If you know them, you give them money and boom you are not just on a waiting list, but you got your apartment.

Sounds like IG department needs to be contacted, and that's what will be done. Time is nigh for these people to head upstate and get in shape. Disgusting.
Dec. 23, 2016, 1:42 am
Kelly from Brooklyn says:
I just got it today as 23rd of December, 2016. It is night already. People in that board is so crazy. So disappointed.
Dec. 23, 2016, 7:38 pm
adeline from staying with sister says:
I just rec'd my application today 12/28/16 , due date 12/23/16....
I last check for it friday 12/23/16 and it wasn't in my box.
there should be a Number to call.
Dec. 28, 2016, 1:28 pm
Indira from Sunset Park says:
Well I guess my post card and envelope did not meet the requirements they asked for. I never received an application. I guess I was disqualified from the lottery due to the size of my post card/envelope. So frustrating that hard working people can't find a decent place to live because of tedious requirements. I was still waiting to for my application in the mail but see the deadline is over. So disappointed.
Jan. 2, 2017, 6:40 pm
I sent in the application for this lotery in December. Then they said the deadline was December 23rd. They never sent the application.
Then I read in the Bay News on 12/31/16, the application time was extended to 1/3/17.
They never notified me of the extension. By saturday 12/31/16, New years eve, no one is there.
sunday the next day they are closed. And monday, the 2nd is a holiday. How do they expect me to get and fill out this application by 1/3/`17. There is something unethical about this companies way of doing business
Jan. 2, 2017, 11:16 pm
Stonewall says:
Go and write a complaint:
Jan. 6, 2017, 12:17 pm
Barnes from Sheepshead Bay says:
Wrote a comment earlier how I got my application the 21 with the deadline being the 23rd. Sent it in that same night. Got it back in the mail today.. "Return to Sender, Box Closed no forwarding order on file". Seems like a scam to me. Like they have to give out X number of applications but don't give anyone an actual chance. Terrible.
Jan. 18, 2017, 1:41 pm
JR from Sunset Park says:
Does anyone know when they will be accepting applications again??
Jan. 20, 2017, 10:13 pm
Joanne gillick from Bensonhurst says:
I have not received my application for the
Bay ridge towers in Brooklyn. I just found that many had not received their applications either
There was some kind of a mishap I am sure this will be correct. If you would like my address
I would submit it to you

Thank you,Joanne Gillick 1718-836-2482



Joanne Gillick ,bensonh
Jan. 30, 2017, 9:08 pm
Irina from Broklyn says:
The envelope with application was post marked Dec 22, 5 PM. Haven't received anything back yet. Does anyone knows if and when they actually played that lottery. There is no number to contact them. I'd be appreciate if anyone knows the phone number where to call for information.
Feb. 1, 2017, 9:35 pm
Melissa Cafiero from Bay Ridge says:
I work on the board. If you need help getting moved to the top of the list send me a facebook message. I have connections and pull alot of strings. Just a fee of $49.95.
May 14, 2017, 5:35 pm
Joanne gillick from Bensonhurt says:
Call me 1718 836 2482
July 8, 2017, 4:34 pm
Lillian Aleman from Bay ridge says:
Can someone update if applications are still being submitted. My email is glillian858@gmail. Thank you
Nov. 17, 2018, 8:33 am

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