Ultra-Liberal Upper West Side Manhattan Condo Has Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

When liberal policies affect liberals, they always find a way around the rules. How elitist of them.

This is rich!

The poor will use a separate door under plans for a new Upper West Side luxury tower — where affordable housing will be segregated from ritzy waterfront condos despite being in the same building.

Manhattan developer Extell is seeking millions in air rights and tax breaks for building 55 low-income units at 40 Riverside Boulevard, but the company is sequestering the cash-poor tenants who make the lucrative incentives possible.

Five floors of affordable housing will face away from the Hudson River and have a separate entrance, elevator and maintenance company, while 219 market-rate condominiums will overlook the waterfront.

“You know that show ‘Downton Abbey’? Where the servants have to come and go through separate entrances and bow their heads when they see a noble?” wrote the author behind the blog West Side Rag. “Well, there could soon be a version right here on the Upper West Side!”

Extell broke ground on the building between West 61st and West 62nd streets last year as part of the 15-tower Riverside South residential complex stretching to West 72nd Street.

Now the company is applying for the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, which gives developers more floor area in exchange for building on- or off-site affordable housing.

But instead of building a larger condo, Extell plans to sell the bonus floor area to another building within a half-mile of the site. Real-estate attorneys say such a sale could be worth millions.

Extell is also seeking a controversial 421a exemption — a tax break given to developers who include affordable housing in their market-rate buildings.

Ironically a Democrat is complaining. Considering they’re the party of class warfare, we savor the irony.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the Upper West Side, told The Post that Extell’s plans “smack of classism,” and feared they could set a dangerous precedent for other developers.

Next thing you know these liberals will want to start fingerprinting the poor. Oh, wait.

5 Responses to “Ultra-Liberal Upper West Side Manhattan Condo Has Separate Entrances for Rich and Poor”

  1. Mike on 19/19/13 at 12:09 pm

    So “The Poor” are just fine to use as a tax break but the rich Progressives don’t want to be exposed to their supposed stink, sloppy, non-rich clothing and common manners and speech. The depth of their hypocrisy is staggering. These progressive monsters will not only segregate and balkinize the Country, they’ll do the same all the way down to the school and even building level. Wanna bet they are the same type that will hire a wheelchair person to facilitate their bypassing of lines at Disney parks?

  2. MT Geoff on 19/19/13 at 2:15 pm

    A large housing complex in one building is likely to have separate entrances for convenience in any case. If the building is divided by the types of units, and it almost certainly would be, it makes sense for different wings to have their own entrances with separate security codes. The separate maintenance company might be harder to explain.
    Classism? Maybe, but I’d say this is more in the rent-seeker category than the snootiness category.

  3. Tuerqas on 20/20/13 at 12:48 pm

    Classism? Not at all. Cronyism is more like it. Make a huge tax break that gives big incentives for ‘affordable housing units’, then make the box seats for free. Quite brilliant, but only possible from planned over-regulation.

    More proof that if you just make the wall of hypocrisy high enough, no one will be able to see over it.