New York City is home to some of the most expensive luxury apartment homes in America. And a lot of those places have reputations for being, shall we say, exclusionary. And they cover up their exclusiveness with eligibility requirements. If you have 355,000 hairs on your head and their bylaws call for 349,000, well, you’re out of luck. It appears that the same type of discrimination is happening in an infamous apartment building called the Dakota. John Lennon was a resident there and he was shot and killed one night on his way in.
According to the New York Times, the discrimination lawsuit against the Dakota was brought on by Alphonse Fletcher. Jr., who is already a resident of the building and former president of the board. It seems that he has a legitimate case, but it also appears that he’s having a temper tantrum because he can’t get what he wants. The whole thing started when he wanted to buy the apartment adjacent to his own for his mother. When it came up in front of the board, they declined his application saying, ““Mr. Fletcher’s application to purchase an additional apartment in the Dakota was rejected based on financial materials he provided.”
Fletcher feels that the board was unfair in their conclusion that he was overextended with business loans. But, he feels it even more unfair that another resident of the building was allowed to purchase the apartment and sell it as a bundle package with her own apartment. But, he also mentions in his lawsuit that Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith were turned down because:
“Hispanic applicant was interested in a first-floor apartment so that he could more easily buy drugs on the street. The applicant, who was rejected, was married to a “prominent financially well-qualified white woman,” according to the suit, and though neither is named, the timing and circumstances suggest that it was Mr. Banderas.”
But apparently when all of this was going on either he wasn’t on the board or it didn’t matter because he lived there already and didn’t need to purchase another apartment. Read more here.