Upper West Side Building That Won't Let Rent-Stabilized Tenants Use the Gym Is In All Sorts of Trouble
On Monday, all hell broke loose for Stonehenge Village, a luxury apartment building on the Upper West Side, when DNAInfo reported that the management wouldn't allow its rent-stabilized tenants to use a newly-installed gym. About 60 percent of Stonehenge's tenants receive rent stabilization; the building was previously part of the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program.
Image via Public Advocate's Office Letitia James, center, rallies with tenants and other elected officials outside Stonehenge Village on Tuesday.
A publicist for the Stonehenge company, Marcia Horowitz, defended the no-gym-for-poors policy to DNAInfo, telling them, "The small gym we built and opened this week is different in that it is aimed specifically at new and prospective tenants who expect certain amenities and incentives that are commonly available to market-rate renters."
Now Stonehenge has a much bigger problem on its hands than a handful of disgruntled tenants they clearly don't much like anyway: in a rally in front of the building yesterday, flanked by a number of elected officials, Public Advocate Letitia James called Stonehenge's behavior "appalling" and "segragation," and promised to file a complaint with the New York State Human Rights Division.More »