It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City's income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing.
The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved Extell's Inclusionary Housing Program application for the 33-story tower this week,theNew York Postreports. The status grants Extell the aforementioned tax breaks and the right to construct a larger building than would ordinarily be allowed. Accordingto theDaily Mail,affordable housing tenants will enter through a door situated on a "back alley."
Any of the unwashed folk who complain about such a convenient arrangement, of course, are just being ungrateful. As theMailpoints out, fellow poor-door developer David Von Spreckelsenexplained as much last year:
"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it's unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."
In these economically fraught times, it's easy to forget that the super richearnedtheir right to never see you, hear you, smell you, or consider your pitiful existence. Expecting them to share an entrance would be unfair.