If you plan on living in this upcoming New York City high rise, and you’re a low-income resident, be prepared to use the “poor door”. The poor door has officially received the green light for the luxury condo. High income residents will use a front door, low income residents will use the “other” door.
The 33-story building that is located at 40 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side, will contain 219 luxury units facing the Hudson River. There will also be a segment on floors two through six that will contain 55 street-facing units for the building’s poorer residents. The people living in this section of the building will have to use their own entrance.
So who’s low income? Families of four with an income $51,540 or less — would be required to use the poor door. They’re also not allowed to use the gym and swimming pool.
Extell’s proposal was approved under the city’s Inclusionary Housing program. This set-aside program allows developers to receive tax breaks when they set aside units for low income people.
Yeah, tax breaks, but residents can’t even use the same door or pool.