Downtown Abbey On West Side Manhattan

I am a native of New York City or to be exact, person born and bred in the great borough of the Bronx. My parents left Manhattan for the more open land of the Bronx which in the 1930s still contained plenty of open space and low cost housing. In my childhood, there were apartment buildings in Manhattan which had a Doorman. He checked to see if you could even stand on the sidewalk outside the citadel which had been constructed for the wealthy or our fair land. In Bronx apartment buildings which were five stories in height, few had an elevator, and one walked up and down. So, much to my surprise, the old ways have not disappeared. Developers of a new 33 floor apartment building were given a tax break if they set aside some apartments for “poor people.” Since money was at stake, developers agreed to allow 55 people who are classified as “poor” to inhabit this building.

Oh, the “poor” are people who earn less than $55,000 a year so rest assured no one on Food Stamps will be in this building. Good news for the poor folk, they will have their OWN ENTRANCE! Thank God wealthy folk will not have to ride in an elevator with one of “those people!” Imagine, being in physical contact with someone who only earns $50,000! Well, I can sleep tight today knowing that our job creators will not be forced to share an elevator with the people who got one of their jobs!