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    I like the way that lower level facade looks, with the varying window sizes, arranged in an artful composition, and all framed with lots of masonry. This is a pretty nice looking building: particularly when aided by a long run of neighboring buildings that are all very bland architectural designs.

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    They have done quite a bit to clean up the site around this tower.

    It looks like they are fast at work on this second site as well. I forget, is this another tower or is this for the prep school?

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    It's both, no? There's a school being built (Collegiate School) and I believe a mixed-income apartment building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASchwarz View Post
    It's both, no? There's a school being built (Collegiate School) and I believe a mixed-income apartment building.
    That sight has a public K thru 8 school included with affordable housing and rental units. The Collegiate school will be built in the area behind the first building on Freedom place between 61st and 62nd streets.

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    The "new" building along West End is starting to peek out of the ground.

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    So there have been a number of poor-door articles lately:

    From reading these, I can see the parallel to the argument about separate-but-equal water fountains. I guess what I'm struggling with is if we would rather developers build property of-right and not include any affordable housing? Further, what if the affordable housing were just in a separate building, like, hmm, that Gotham building at 11th Ave and maybe 53rd? Then it would surely have a separate door, is that good? Not good? I'm honestly not sure. Further, does anyone have the nuts to go one further and instead of offering incentives for affordable housing, just going straight toward inclusionary zoning. If the permitting and approval processes were streamlined, this could be implemented at practically no cost to the system. So much money is spent trying to get a shovel in the ground. Just blanketing 30% of new housing as affordable and letting developers go wild without, say, the years long ULURP process, might really make a difference.

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    ‘Poor Door’ in a New York Tower Opens a Housing Fight


    The answer is not a simple one. As public housing becomes a crumbling relic of another era, American cities have grown more reliant on the private sector to build housing for the poor and working class. Developers say they can maximize their revenues, and thus build more affordable units, by separating them from their luxury counterparts.

    The luxury condominium tower under construction at 40 Riverside Boulevard with its six-floor affordable segment.
    The low-income renters will go through a door on 62nd Street while the condo owners will come in through a door facing the Hudson.
    Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times

    Even advocates of affordable housing are divided on the issue; some argue that developers who segregate apartments should not benefit from government incentives, while others say the focus should be on building more homes, rather than where to enter them.

    “There are trade-offs,” said Lisa Sturtevant, vice president for research at the National Housing Conference, an affordable housing advocacy group in Washington. “It’s really important that there’s no discrimination, but there’s a balance between what we can do and should do.”

    Administration officials attribute the two-door setup to changes to the zoning code in 2009 that Mr. de Blasio voted for as a member of the City Council. He has said that the revisions, which allowed builders to put the affordable apartments in an attached segment of the building, were meant to increase housing units, and that “it was not evident at the time the nuances of where the doors would be.”

    Developers say the configuration of one building with an attached affordable segment works better when the market-rate units are for sale, as in the case of condos. If that is the choice, the developer is required to provide two separate entrances under the current rules of the program.

    But Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said that separate front doors were not in keeping with the administration’s principles of equality, and that the city was working to change the rules to prohibit them.

    “Walking into a building should not be any different based on income status,” Ms. Glen said in an interview.

    From the street, the luxury condominium tower in the middle of the debate, at 40 Riverside Boulevard, and its six-floor affordable segment seem to blend seamlessly and appear as one structure.

    But the lower-income renters, who will pay $850 a month for one-bedroom apartments and $1,100 for two bedrooms, according to the developer, will go through a door facing 62nd Street while the condo owners will come in through a door facing the Hudson.

    New York and other cities use a variety of tax breaks, subsidies and additional incentives to encourage developers to build affordable housing. In the case of 40 Riverside, the developer, Extell Development Company, is using a program called inclusionary housing, which allows it to build more square feet than the zoning code would otherwise allow in exchange for a certain number of lower-rent apartments. Those additional square feet can be used at 40 Riverside, but Extell plans to transfer them to another project, which the law allows.

    The affordable units do not have to be in the same location, as long as they are within the same community district or, if in another district, no farther than half a mile away.

    Gary Barnett, who is Extell’s founder and president, said that having the affordable apartments incorporated into the condominium tower would have meant “giving away” the most valuable units.

    “We wouldn’t be able to do affordable,” he said. “It wouldn’t make any financial sense.”

    New York has always been an economically diverse city, with everyday people rubbing shoulders with millionaires and Bohemian artists on the streets. But the poor-doors image taps into the anxiety of many New Yorkers that the city is becoming livable only for the wealthy.

    At the Edge Community Apartments, the affordable housing building that abuts the Edge, a glassy condo tower on the Brooklyn waterfront in Williamsburg, renters also have their own entrance, a few doors from that of the condos. Only one entrance offers a doorman, concierge and valet, but some renters said what they resented was not being able to use some of the condo tower’s amenities.

    “We can’t even use the pool or the gym,” said one renter, a 34-year-old bank employee who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of jeopardizing her one-bedroom rental. “I’ve asked and offered to pay. It’s kind of messed up.”

    But she and other tenants said they considered themselves lucky to have landed an apartment in the area, where everyone, rich or poor, steps out to views of the East River and Manhattan skyline and the cool energy of Williamsburg.

    “Living here is a privilege,” said Victoriano Oviedo, 59, a retiree who has a studio subsidized with a federal rental voucher. “Over there you have powerful people. Over here you have low-income people. I’m fine with that.”

    Aside from square-footage bonuses, residential developments like the Edge and 40 Riverside can take advantage of affordable-housing tax breaks, which some advocates argue should not be available for projects that do not fully integrate affordable units.

    “If you do choose to live in segregated developments, don’t use my tax dollars to support that,” said Moses Gates, director of planning and community development for the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development.

    But the repugnance is not universal. Among the roughly 500 cities with inclusionary zoning programs, housing supporters have been mostly focused on having the affordable units built close to the their market-rate counterparts so that low-income households share some of the benefits of wealthier neighborhoods, like good schools and public safety.

    “It’s so important to build as much affordable housing as possible, and you always have to compromise,” said Carol Lamberg, co-chairwoman of the New York Housing Conference, an affordable housing coalition. “I just think the need is so great, you don’t need a fancy lobby.”

    The controversy over separate entrances may pit Mr. de Blasio’s social justice values against his need for private development, but the inclusionary program that caused it is voluntary and accounts for only a fraction of new affordable units that are built. Since 2005, city officials said, it has generated about 5,000 affordable units.

    Administration officials are preparing to start a mandatory version of the program, to force developers of large buildings to take the deal if they want to build at all, with its own rules about how to incorporate affordable units. The administration is seeking to eliminate the use of separate entrances in both the mandatory and voluntary programs.

    “Years ago, people would be upset and say ‘that’s politics,’ but now people feel more empowered to change this,” said Linda B. Rosenthal, a state assemblywoman whose district includes 40 Riverside Boulevard.
    “It’s such a visual separation,” Assemblywoman Rosenthal said. “It gets at people when they see two separate doors. It’s no longer theoretical. It looks and smells like discrimination.”

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    Riverside Center Rental Tower With 616 Apts Finally Rises

    by Zoe Rosenberg

    Images via New York YIMBY

    The 43-story, 616-rental tower that is part of the far west side's kind-of big Riverside Center project is finally rising. Construction of the Dermot Company building was thwarted when site-adjacent developer Atlantic Development Group and Dermot clashed over construction crane placement. The discrepancy resulted in a restraining order that halted work until the score was settled, which was apparently somewhat recently as evidenced by new views of the stout site grabbed by YIMBY. The SLCE-designed building rising at 21 West End Avenue stands but three stories tall. When complete, it will contain a four-story school, as well as one-, two- and some three-bedroom apartments.

    Construction Update: 21 West End Avenue [YIMBY]

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    Is this their way of eliminating the saying "there goes the neighborhood"?

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    More of those patterned windows...

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