D.W. Gibson reflects on the churches and community service providers put in jeopardy by a combination of policy and paperwork, and what can be done to stop vulnerable institutions from falling through the cracks in the city's annual tax lien sale.
For our Typecast series, Henry Grabar visits Canarsie, where long rows of attached brick houses defy traditional flood-proofing elevation. Could rising flood insurance premiums pose a greater immediate threat to homeowners than rising sea levels?
After Superstorm Sandy, a historic housing style is on the brink of extinction on Staten Island's East Shore. A. F. Brady explores what stands to be lost, and gained, in government efforts to rebuild the area after the storm.
by Urban Omnibus • September 9th, 2015
Food chain expert Karen Karp weighs in on the complex policies behind school lunches, equity and access to healthy food, and ambitious new initiatives to better connect New York City residents to upstate agricultural wealth.
by Juliette Spertus and Benjamin Miller • August 26th, 2015
Juliette Spertus and Benjamin Miller lay out their ambitious proposal for a pneumatic waste system affixed beneath the High Line and articulate how this expansion of infrastructural repurposing could fundamentally reshape what we do with our garbage.
by Emily Schmidt • June 19th, 2015
The federal Fair Housing Act, the final piece of the landmark Civil Rights Act, was born of violence. One day...
by Nick Juravich • June 8th, 2015
The banners of tenant activists in Brooklyn were bright and colorful, but their messages were deadly serious. “1 Crisis Away...
The week before New Yorkers hit the polls in the city's participatory budgeting process, journalist John Surico tracks its evolution from non-profit project to institutionalization within the Council Speaker’s office, learns of its achievements and frustrations, and contemplates the future of this exercise in direct democracy.