Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Six Units in Gowanus, Starting at $1,950 a Month

Rendering by Samuel Wieder Architects


An affordable housing lottery has opened for six units in an under-construction four-story building at 135-137 Prospect Avenue in Gowanus, across the street from the elevated train and close to the Gowanus Expressway.

Of the affordable apartments, there are a pair of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $1,950 and top out at $2,600.

The lottery is set at an area median income range of 130 percent. Eligible incomes range between $66,858 and $172,120 for households of one to seven people.

There are only nine total units in the building, which means two-thirds of the building is designated affordable (if units at 130 percent of the area median income can be deemed affordable). According to building permits, there will be 250 square feet of outdoor recreational space. The lottery listing claims there will be a gym, rooftop access and shared workspace, although none of these are reflected in building permits.

The site was formerly home to a company called Bell Fire Extinguishers, as well as a second but presumably connected company called Bell Lighting, which dealt in wholesale lighting options.

The site in 2007. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Samuel Wieder Architects is the applicant of record. The firm is also behind the design of the massive Cascade Linen complex in Bed Stuy.

The owner is Martin Landau (not that Martin Landau), who purchased the property in 2018 for $2.335 million.

Applications for the affordable housing lottery must be submitted by January 28. Apply through NYC Housing Connect. To learn more about how to apply for affordable housing, read Brownstoner’s guide.

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