NYC Building Plans Separate Entrances for Rich, Poor
Wants those who live in affordable housing to enter through alley
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
In this Aug. 15, 2003 file photo, the sun rises over the skyline of the Upper West side of Manhattan as seen from Weehaken, NJ.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, file)

(Newser) – Yes, this is the year 2013, and yet: A planned luxury tower on Manhattan's Upper West Side may have two separate entrances, one for the affluent people living in its waterfront condos and one for the less well-to-do folks living in its 55 low-income units. The developer is looking to snag millions in tax breaks and air rights in exchange for including the affordable housing, the New York Post reports. But those five low-level floors would have a separate elevator and maintenance company, in addition to the separate entrance—located in a back alley. (The units also, needless to say, won't face the Hudson River.)

The developer, Extell, broke ground last year, but the segregation issue came to light now that it has applied for the aforementioned tax break as well as New York's Inclusionary Housing Program. That program would give Extell more floor area in exchange for the affordable housing, and Extell plans to sell that floor area to another building nearby. Extell has already gotten tax breaks on five other buildings, which ultimately cost taxpayers $21.8 million in tax revenue in their first year.

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Aug 20, 2013 4:21 PM CDT
They always put the low income people on the lower floors, where the mildew is. Don't get an apartment on the lower floors, especially the bottom floor. Everything goes down---dirt and litter, vermin, sewage and water, especially. Except when the sewer drains back up; then the water goes straight to the lowest apartments. And a separate maintenance staff is a REALLY BAD SIGN.
Aug 20, 2013 3:18 PM CDT
If I spend my money, then so what? They should have to get on their knees and kiss ass to get into the place! No money, no entrance!
Aug 20, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
Vote the suckers OUT ! Does anybody really believe that the Political Partys care about you ( Blacks, Hispanics, Gays) they just wants your Vote,,, so don't vote for them. When you vote for a single interest instead of what's good for your country, you ultimately shoot yourself in the foot !!!