In case you thought you read this wrong, let me be crystal clear. Tenants who can afford to live in the swankier apartments in the unit can use the glitzy front entrance, while those who are in less-wealthy accommodations will use the back-alley entrance. Swap the "colored only", "whites only" sign's for "rich people" and "poor people" and it's almost like Jim Crow all over again.
The "poor door," as it has come to be known, became the center of controversy last year when developers Extell introduced the idea regarding a 33-story luxury condo in Manhattan's Upper West Side. The condo would include affordable-housing tenants, who would have to enter the building through a separate entrance.
A spokesman for the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development told the New York Post that Extell’s application for the Inclusionary Housing Program had been approved—complete with the "poor door."
Local developers are allowed to build large properties as long as they include affordable housing. This new development "will have 219 units overlooking the waterfront and 55 affordable units in a building segment facing the street".
Gale Brewer, Manhattan's borough president, said that city officials will reject future developments with separate entrances.
Because they got caught!