This Is What Riverside Center’s Controversial “Poor Door” Building Looks Like

December 5, 2014 | Prachi Gupta

The Riverside Center tower at 1 West End Avenue, one of Manhattan’s luxury apartment complexes to have a separate “poor door” for its affordable housing residents, continues to move forward. The Dickensian nightmare of developers Larry Silverstein the Elad Group now has full renderings, compliments of New York YIMBY, by way of Curbed.

Feast your eyes on the 41-story building with a 12,000-square-foot roof deck and pool area. That’s where some absurdly rich people will live. Now wander over just to the right of that, and check out the eight-story stone building. That’s the affordable housing entrance, at 10 Freedom Place.

The building is one of many “poor door” buildings in the city, though after recent backlash over the approval of another UWS luxury condo, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has promised to reject future applications for housing with separate doors.

(Image: Silverstein/Elad Group)