New York City Approves 'Poor Door' for Apartment Building


In "Separate, But Equal" news, New York City gave the green light to Extell Development so that they may install a separate entrance for affordable housing tenants, who make 60 percent or less of median income.

So, I get it. You're providing lower income tenants with the opportunity to dwell in a more expensive area of New York. But it's in a "don't get a twisted, you still a bottom bitch" type way that doesn't curl all the way over for me. I'm halfway expecting those in the affordable housing program to be standing in line outside of this "poor door" asking for gruel. Geez.

Also, I wonder if there are any consequences for entering the dough door (I made this up, just now; not the official name) when you're poor. Like, I really have this urge to go through the rich folks door and hitting them with the Bridesmaids quote, "Help me, I'm poor."


That should go over well.

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Nubia Ma'Belle

I was not surprised by this at. all. My sister has lived there for the past 7 years and my little brother, around 2. Every year I have gone to visit the city, it has becoming increasingly hostile to poor people in subtle ways (i.e. increasing police presence in poorer neighborhoods, "urban renewal" projects etc.).

I have read in some articles that the amenities are locked and unavailable to rent controlled tenants in addition to them having a separate entrance. Not only that, the exclusivity is a marketing tool to the rich like, "these are only available to you! Those underlings on the other side of the building will (literally) watch you live in the lap of luxury from behind the glass!" It is really disgusting.

The scary part is that other cities are watching NYC and following suit. I live in KY and our city mayor has said himself that he wanted to do a cultural revitalization similar to the way NYC and Portland (meaning supporting initiatives to push poor people as far to the peripheral as possible to make room for "hip" attractions like coffee shops and local shops).

I am all for embracing "culture," but not at the expense of someone else's. Next thing you know, we will be back to the labels above the doors—except this time they will read "haves" and "have-not's"