Last winter, a Queens couple had their souls projected onto the cover of the NY Post because they believed their building had put up a "poor fence" (a la the infamous "poor doors") to restrict lower-rent tenants from utilizing their entire terrace area). Despite the fact that the accusations of classism were thin at best, the Post now reports their nightmare has ended.
Erik Clancy and his girlfriend Erin McFadzen moved into one of the "affordable" middle-income, rent stabilized units in Long Island City’s new Q41 building, a 17-story condo located at 23-10 41st Avenue, last year. They said at the time that they chose their two-bedroom apartment because of the wrap-around terrace—but when they moved in, there was suddenly a wire fence restricting access to it.
"I can’t imagine them saying [to market-rate tenants], 'You get this beautiful view of Manhattan behind a giant metal fence,'" said Clancy. "Every time someone comes over, I have to explain why the fence is there ... and tell them we’re rent-stabilized, like it’s a badge I have to wear."
Developer Queensboro Development said at the time that the fence was necessary to set up a staging area for window washers, although Q41’s former super, Gjon Chota, allegedly told the couple "the fence is there to stay” because of other residents with smaller balconies.
Either way, the building has now relented and removed the six-foot high partitions. A spokesman for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development told the Post that management, tenants, and a window-washing company hammered out a plan that maintained the "safety of tenants without impeding window washing."