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The Poor Door

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Tenants gathered in the community room of Stonehenge Village, an Upper West Side rental complex, to hear about its new gym. Management explained that only market-rate tenants — fewer than 40 percent of the residents — would have access, Jean Green Dorsey, the president of the tenant association.“I had a room full of people going crazy,” said Ms. Dorsey, who has lived in the building since 1972 in a rent-stabilized unit. Ms. Dorsey pays $1,107 a month for a two-bedroom with a terrace and views of Harlem. New York Times
 Extell, was approved under a city program meant to incentivize affordable housing, New York's Department of Housing Preservation and Development The 33-story building, now under construction at 40 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side, will contain 219 luxury units facing the Hudson River. There will also be a segment on floors two through six that will contain 55 street-facing units for the building's poorer residents. This segment will have a Poor Door.Residents living in the lower-income part of 40 Riverside will be prohibited from using the attractive amenities commonly found in Extell properties, including a gym and a swimming pool.