City approves ‘poor door’ for UWS condo

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK (PIX11) -- It’s been dubbed the "poor door."

It is a proposed separate, side entrance for affordable housing tenants destined to live in one of the city’s pricier, luxurious stretches of real estate, right along the Hudson River.

These affordable housing tenants will not be able to access their apartments through the proper, premier front entrance at 40 Riverside Boulevard, between 61st and 62nd streets, but will be forced to saunter in stage left.

Way stage left.

The building’s owner, Extell is not breaking any laws, and just received official approval from the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development under its “Inclusionary Housing Zoning” program.

In exchange for providing housing for tenants who make 60% the area’s median income or about $60,000, the company struck a deal with the previous Bloomberg administration for valuable tax breaks.

That’s called good old fashioned capitalism on Wall Street.

But Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has another name for what’s happening here.

“It’s very disappointing. And I think that’s why people are so outraged about this. Because it really looks like, and perhaps is segregation. I think we have to do away with the program the way it’s currently formulated because of is discriminatory actions,” said Assemblywoman Rosenthal.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio blames his predecessor for signing off on the plan.

"This specific project was given a green light by the previous administration and had multiple stories already built by the time we walked in the door," the spokesperson told PIX11. "We fundamentally disagree with that approach, and we are in the process of changing it to reflect our values and priorities”