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Rent-stabilized tenants not allowed to use UWS building’s gym

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Management confirmed that the gym is reserved for market-rate tenants. (Photo: Google maps)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Residents at an Upper West Side apartment building are outraged after finding out rent-stabilized tenants are not allowed to use the building’s new gym.

According to DNAinfo, only tenants who pay market-rate rent at the Stonehenge Village on West 97th Street have access to the new exercise room.

The majority of the residents in the former Mitchell-Lama housing building are rent-stabilized.

A spokesperson for the management company for the building told the website, “The small gym we built and opened this week is different in that it is aimed specifically at new and prospective tenants who expect certain amenities and incentives that are commonly available to market-rate renters.”

Rent-stabilized tenants’ key cards do not work to open the gym’s door and a sign advises not to hold the door for others.

Residents, however, are calling the situation segregation and say they were left in the dark about the gym’s construction and rules.

“I can’t let you make me a second-class citizen within my own building,” said Jean Dorsey, president of the the building’s tenants association.

Dorsey tells DNAinfo she plans on fighting the gym rules.

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10 Comments to “Rent-stabilized tenants not allowed to use UWS building’s gym”

    conradshull said:
    February 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    You don't get to use the gym because you aren't paying for the gym. You want government enforced cheap, you don't get extras.

    Lordbinder said:
    February 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    There once was a saying. ummm oh yea it went like this. Pay to play. No Pay no Play

    Tracy said:
    February 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    They want to force out the rent-stabilized.Let them eat cake..Manhattan is for the rich!

    J.M. said:
    February 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Compassion and understanding are in short supply.

    glenn krasner said:
    February 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Those tenants have been paying living there and paying rent since the buildings were built. The newcomers should not be the ones to get the perks – the gym should be available for all the tenants to use.

      marj413 said:
      February 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Maybe those tenants should pay full price to enjoy the full range of perks.

      PaytonB said:
      February 25, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      The new tenants are the ones paying for the gym, not the rent stabilized tenants. Why should they get to use something they aren't paying for?

    MrBinOKC said:
    February 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Charge them a monthly fee and then let them use the facilities. I agree that only those new tenants paying market rent should get the extras. I guess what would be helpful would be knowing the difference in rents between the new tenants and the ones with rent control.

    PaytonB said:
    February 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    So, the tenants want to use a facility they don't pay for? What a sense of entitlement..

    notorious_bob said:
    February 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    is anybody else outraged that we as hard working americans are taxed to death and people on rent-control get a free gym(at places like this but no longer including this one)?

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