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New York apartment blocks are using “poor doors”

Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 2:42 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News -- Write a comment


Critics have dubbed this second entrance, which will apparently be located at the back of the building, the “poor door”. It offers access to the 55 affordable apartments, which face the street. The block’s 219 luxury apartments have those river views all to themselves.

This segregation is a sneaky way to appease New York’s drive for mixed-income housing, without actually forcing people with different incomes to mix. Developers are under pressure to ensure that a proportion of all new housing is affordable, and receive subsidies and tax exemptions for any affordable apartments they build. But Extell has decided to keep its two sets of apartments as separate as possible, and last week its plans were approved by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

I’m sure the rich and those of low net worth will be better off if they don’t meet in the elevators or hallways, don’t ya know?

  1. Best quote in the article:
    David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers, the building’s developers, told The Real Deal last year:

    I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighbourhood.”

    We’re just going to leave that quote there for you to think about.

  2. Surprised they can sell any of the luxury apartments.

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