“We’re still waiting to see whether a Goldman Sachs housing agenda continues at City Hall,” said Jonathan Westin of the advocacy group New York Communities for Change, referring to the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, who is a former executive at the financial company. “Or whether this populist uprising of Trump and others is going to spur something different.”Westin's right, except he and his organization have a notable blind spot when it comes to Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park affordable housing. Remember his December 2014 comment upon the groundbreaking of the "100% affordable" 535 Carlton?
Mr. Westin criticized the mayor for counting as affordable a large number of units built during his administration that are too expensive for many of the city’s poorest. “The policies of moderation are failing us,” he said. “I think there’s space for the mayor to move aggressively to the left. If he doesn’t, there’s space on the left for someone to jump in.”
“This is a testament to what’s possible, in terms of real affordability for New Yorkers. Pacific Park Brooklyn is a model for the shared vision of a New York that works for all,” said Jonathan Westin, Director of NY Communities for Change.
Below is the affordability. (And keep in mind it will be paired with a 100% market-rate building.) See how many are for middle-income households, who are a small fraction of the city's population, and surely not the city's neediest.