The ‘Poor Door’ Tower on South Street that Extell Refuses to Talk About
Notice how Gary Barnett and his Extell minions rarely discuss – at least in public – the affordable housing options down at the South Street development area. What some locals have taken to calling another instance of his so-called “Poor Door” policy. Seriously, it’s all about the market-rate units, over-the-top amenities, and the foreign populace he and his billion-dollar cronies hope to score as tenants.
The only visible reminder that affordable housing is being created down on South Street (aka One Manhattan Square) is the banner of exclamation affixed to the plywood shed for the “Housing New York” initiative.
What’s usually excluded from the conversation, however, is the fact that the affordable units are segregated in a separate tower designed by Dattner Architects, with fewer amenities than its 80-story market-rate sibling. Poor door living on a grand scale. This building (aka 229 Cherry Street) will rise fourteen stories and include 205 residential units across 914,334 square-feet of space. Where are the fancy renderings for this building, and will it also get a fancy name like One Manhattan Square?
Separate but equal is never equal.
Housing New York is Mayor de Blasio’s baby, a “five borough, ten year plan” to create 200K units of affordable housing in the next decade. You can peruse the full 117-page proposal below.
In the meantime, Extell is holding another meeting to update the community tomorrow night (6:30pm at the Manny Cantor Center on East Broadway). Expects tempers and dirty laundry aired.