Manhattan developer bypassed ‘poor doors’ with separate address: suit
A Manhattan real estate company bypassed the ban on so-called “poor doors” by creating a separate address at a Hudson Yards development for prospective low-income tenants, a new suit claims.
Three prospective low-income tenants said they were selected in a 2019 lottery for housing at a sleek high-rise located at 15 Hudson Yards on the far west side of Midtown, according to a Manhattan federal court complaint filed Thursday.
But instead of being offered apartments with access to the building’s pool, rooftop deck and fitness center, they were offered units on the building’s lower floors at the separate address of 553 W. 30th St., the suit alleges.
The 30th Street address “sits on the same grounds as 15 Hudson Yards, but in an entirely separate part of the building and with a different address,” according to the suit.
In a recent interview with The Post, one of the prospective low-income tenants said she was warned that she would have to use the entrance at the 30th Street address — and would not be allowed to access the luxury amenities at 15 Hudson Yards.
“My housing specialist told me I would not be able to use their pool on the 51st floor. She explained to me that I wouldn’t be able to use the playroom. She explained I couldn’t come in through the front entrance,” said Chanel Moody, 37, who is a NYCHA maintenance worker who lives with her 2-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old cousin.
Moody was eyeing a $1,348-a-month two bedroom apartment in the stately skyscraper.