City OKs UWS Development with ‘Poor Door’ for Residents

Kate Briquelet, New York Post, July 20, 2014

The city approved a developer’s controversial plans for a “poor door” on the Upper West Side, The Post has learned.

Extell came under fire last year when it introduced plans for a 33-story luxury condo with a separate entrance for affordable-housing tenants.

A spokesman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development confirmed that the agency had approved Extell’s application for the Inclusionary Housing Program.

Under the program, developers may build larger properties in exchange for providing on- or off-site low-income housing.

The development will have 219 units overlooking the waterfront and 55 affordable units in a “building segment” facing the street.



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  • Adolf Verloc

    This has been one of the most hilarious brouhahas I have ever seen. I wonder how many of the righteously indignant would be eager to share elevators with “affordable housing” tenants. In fairness, I am told that NYC defines “affordable” with a pretty steep ceiling, way above what you could afford with Section 8 assistance or the like. OTOH, it means that your neighbors would be drug dealers instead of welfare recipients.

  • MekongDelta69

    What idiot (even rich idiots, who buy those units), would want to share any building with Section 8 d-bags?
    “Ooooh, diversity, ooooh. That’s for those people.” (Snootily said, while pointing to the hoi polloi.)

    Btw, the Upper West Side of Manhattan is one of the most leftist neighborhoods in the entire country.

    • Adolf Verloc

      Yes, even with separate entrances you’d still need to worry about your new neighbors busting through the walls or crawling through the ventilation ducts.

      • Oil Can Harry

        These limousine liberals will also have to worry about the roaches and rodents in their “vibrant, diverse” neighbors’ apartments making their way into their own overpriced ones.

      • TruthBeTold

        Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it happened?

    • NoMosqueHere

      The Upper West Side is home to self hating white and sicko jewish liberals. Obama carried it 95 percent; Charles Manson would carry it too if he ran as a pro abortion democrat against a decent white republican (if any). So it’s priceless to see an “apartheid” apartment building go up to house these rich commies.

  • The marriage of the Trump Towers and Pruitt-Igoe?

  • Alexandra1973

    Could be worse. It could be set up where the “poor” residents can’t easily escape during a fire. Like parts of the Titanic being closed off during the sinking.

  • dd121

    This sounds too much like white and colored entrances. Could this be a leftist strawman?

    • TruthBeTold

      Let’s see if it’s challenged in court.

      If no one bring a lawsuit then we know the fix is in and this is all done for show.

      I suspect an agreement has or will be made with all the usual suspects to look the other way.

  • Pro_Whitey

    The city has yet to approve the mines and machine guns at the points where the two classes might intersect.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Komrade DiBlackio ruining decades of non Demonrat management.

    • Billy Clinter

      This has been happening in NYC for decades.

      • propagandaoftruth

        I can’t help but think that taken with all other DiBlackio initiatives, the results will be worse. Who knows?

  • Couldn’t pay me to live there, even in the rich part. Too close for comfort for all that cultural enrichment diversity offers.

    • Billy Clinter

      NYC is actually nice thanks to stop and frisk.

      The city was a mess in the 80s. It is like an urban paradise now – and yes mostly white.

  • IstvanIN

    In the years since NJ’s “Supreme Court” ruled every city, village and township should support a little ghetto developers have had several outs. Early on developers and towns could pay to have low income housing built in another municipality so the nice town could provide their “fair share” of low income housing without having within their borders. Other towns and developer took the “separate but equal” route: a huge development with mostly market rate homes and a separate section for low income. Now that wasn’t good enough so now, other than over 55 developments, you have to have market rate and low income intertwined so that you have to live within spitting distance of heaven knows what. The powers that be want every neighbor and every municipality to be ghetto. There will be no “Brazil” here, it will be hideous from coast to coast.

  • Valmont

    The Upper West Side is a prosperous Jewish ghetto. So this “poor door” will lead to
    a non-bourgeois ghetto within a ghetto. Now that’s Progressive!

  • Paleoconn

    Funny how much this reminds me of Cabrini Green. Chicongo’s liberal woman mayor in the early 80s moved into one of the project’s units. Naked, shameless publicity stunt. She moved out 3 weeks later but not before having welded the back exit shut. Something the gangbangers emulated in their own cribs.

    • TruthBeTold

      Is there any follow up to the Cabrini Green experiment when they tore it down and put up mixed income housing?

      How’s that working out?

      I have to believe it isn’t. If it was, it would be touted as a model of success. That no one talks about it tells me it’s a model of failure.

      • Flossie

        There’s been a brouhaha in Chicago lately in the wake of an expose by a local business publication. It turns out the CHA is issuing “supervouchers” that allow Section 8 denizens to live in the poshest apartment towers in the city, where rents are in the neighborhood of $3,000 per month.

  • Billy Clinter

    They house these people in my luxury building.

    Most are politically connected somehow and benefit from city corruption. Some are just randomly lucky. But it makes no sense to me housing poor blacks in a $3k per month high rise.

    Back when I lived in a small town in NJ, population 2000, the state wanted to force the town to build about 400 low income housing units. This would have more than doubled the population of the town as most units would have more than 4 people living in them – which was the plan of course. The town was 99% white so the government saw a ‘problem’ of course.

    Thankfully Christie stopped all that nonsense. But he won’t get elected because of a national ‘scandal’ involving closing a lane on a bridge.

    This is what liberals really want to do – place nonwhite garbage in EVERY town in America. The illegal alien ‘children’ are just a part of this wider plan – to make sure there are no nice white places left to hide – and spread around the misery.

    It is pure madness.

    • Flossie

      I don’t suppose you’re in Chicago? If so, did you see the recent article in Crain’s re: the CHA’s supervouchers?