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The New Jim Crow? NYC Condo Creates Separate Entrance For Poor Tenants

Developer Extell has created a separate entrance for the poor in luxurious NYC condo. www.blacklikemoi.com

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Reported by April Taylor

A New York City developer has been given the go ahead to construct separate entrances for low income residents of a condominium being built on the city’s Upper West Side.  The city approved the proposed design submitted by the developer Extell.  The condominium will house tenants who will receive rent subsidies as well as tenants who pay market rent.

Low income tenants will be housed in 55 units that will be located on the first six floors.  The going rate for these units will be less than $1,100 a month for studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floor plans.  The remaining 219 units will cost more than $1,000 per square foot and come with views that overlook the Hudson River.  The two sets of residents will be offered different amenities as well as separate entrances.

This particular complex is not the first to implement what many are referring to as “poor doors.”  Despite many New Yorkers voicing the opinion that the separate entrances exude classist behavior, many large developers in the city have been constructing separate entrances for tenants who rent their units and tenants who own their units.

The Atlanta BlackStar points out that housing issues in New York are not limited to “poor doors” and whether or not low income tenants are allowed to access the same amenities as more well to do residents.  The city has faced persistent issues with affordable housing.  One of the city’s strategies for tackling the issue is inclusionary zoning.  The strategy is meant to create more housing options for low income residents by giving tax breaks and incentives to developers who build housing units where low income tenants and tenants capable of paying market rent live in the same building.  However, the way the strategy is manifesting itself has many wondering if a different approach needs to be taken.  According to Josh Barro, the city has lost around $2.9 billion in revenue since the strategy was adopted, and this money could have been used to build more affordable housing options that do not allow for the classist separation of tenants based on how much they pay in rent.

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17 Comment

  1. Does this remind anyone of the "white" and "colored" signs posted over "separate" accommodations?

  2. Remember being a babysitter in NY about 20yrs ago and the help (babysitter, housekeepers etc) couldn’t use the main entrance in a lot of buildings, you had to use the service entrance

  3. see..they are gonna mess around and someone is going to mysteriously burn this place to the ground and I dont blame them.

  4. I grew up in Columbia Mississippi, I was not fooled by white people. I really feel sad for my black brothers and sisters is NYC and Chicago. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. As the Black Eagle put it, what are you going to do about it. NYC!!!!

  5. I grew up in Columbia Mississippi, I was not fooled by white people. I really feel sad for my black brothers and sisters is NYC and Chicago. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. As the Black Eagle put it, what are you going to do about it. NYC!!!!

  6. I grew up in Columbia Mississippi, I was not fooled by white people. I really feel sad for my black brothers and sisters is NYC and Chicago. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. As the Black Eagle put it, what are you going to do about it. NYC!!!!

  7. I grew up in Columbia Mississippi, I was not fooled by white people. I really feel sad for my black brothers and sisters is NYC and Chicago. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. As the Black Eagle put it, what are you going to do about it. NYC!!!!

  8. I grew up in Columbia Mississippi, I was not fooled by white people. I really feel sad for my black brothers and sisters is NYC and Chicago. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. As the Black Eagle put it, what are you going to do about it. NYC!!!!

  9. I don't see anything wrong with this set up.

  10. I don't see anything wrong with this set up.

  11. I don't see anything wrong with this set up.

  12. Racism still exist in the 21st century..Why should you separate the entrances???If an earthquake hit the building all will go whether you use the poor or rich entrance,,money, greed, hatred, and a total disenchantment of life….

  13. Not a problem. If I’m paying a thousand dollars per square foot and others pay only $1100. For a whole unit . I should get some amenities. The doors are not even on the same street and have different addresses. I think people are making assumptions if they think only blacks will be in the subsidized part of the building. With out the subsidized units people would not be able to live in this area of the city.

  14. African Americans have not psychologically accepted the fact that our history was taken from us. We don’t know our true identities! We suffer from social amnesia! Our names and our African tribal history was intentionally destroyed by our oppressors. We must pray to our creator to help us become whole again. Thank you for your attention.

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