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Apartment Building Separates Middle Income Renters from Wealthier Ones with ‘Poor Fences’

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Erin McFadzen and Erik Clancy

Credit: Brigitte Stelzer

by Vera, Addicting Info

As if the “poor door” used by an NYC luxury apartment building earlier in the year wasn’t bad enough, a Queens luxury tower is using a similar approach with a “poor porch.”

For middle-income families and couples like Erin McFadzen and Erik Clancy, a fenced-in apartment wasn’t what they had in mind when they signed a lease to a rent-stabilized Q14 apartment with a balcony. When they moved into the apartment in July, it was a completely different story. They found themselves surrounded by wire fences, which were put in place to keep renters with smaller balconies from getting jealous of tenants with more space.

The building, which has 117 units, is mostly considered affordable, middle-income apartments – aside from eight more expensive units. McFadzen and Clancy pay $2,186 per month, and have a corner apartment with a wrap-around balcony. They never expected to encounter the 6-foot wire fence on the day they moved in. McFadzen said it feels like “We’re caged in.”

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