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Politicians vow to outlaw “poor doors”

The backlash to Extell's separate entrance for low-income residents is spurring lawmakers into action

July 26, 2014 10:00AM

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40 Riverside Boulevard

40 Riverside Boulevard

WEEKENDEDITION The so-called “poor door” at Extell’s 40 Riverside Boulevard development on the Upper West Side has been a divisive issue to say the least. Many feel that a separate entrance for residents of affordable units is classist and in bad taste. Others say that you get what you pay for. But now some city officials have vowed to never allow another “poor door” to be approved.

“This developer must go back, seal the one door and make it so that all residents go through the same door,” Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, who represents the area, told the New York Post.

“What’s next, is there going to be two water fountains?” she added.

Inclusionary zoning regulations — which gives developers bonuses for building affordable units — have long allowed for those affordable units to be in a separate building.

But in 2009, the regulations changed to allow for the separation to be done on the same site. Meaning that Extell’s separate entrance for low income residents is perfectly in line with existing zoning law, according to Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.

But now the de Blasio administration is looking to change that law to prevent future developments from segregating rich and poor.

“The previous administration changed the law to enable this kind of development. We fundamentally disagree with that approach, and we are in the process of changing it to reflect our values and priorities,” de Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell said. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • YESIMRIGHT

    Totally should be ok. You get what you pay for. This is just another example of have-nots wanting everything at the expense of the haves. So disgusting.

  • Bob Nobbs

    The whole point of mixed developments is to get people to mix together and get to know each other, not going to happen if they go though doors on opposite sides of the building.

    • fdsfsdfsf

      You could not be more wrong. The whole point of these developments is to provide housing for poorer people so they can live and work in NYC, not so rich and poor people become friends and mix! You’re why the city has issues.

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