Integration without gentrification? Self-determination without segregation? Who has the power to determine Harlem’s future?
Theater-makers, natives, and newcomers draw mental maps of how they navigate comfort and discomfort in a rapidly changing city.
Three supers of three very different buildings get into the nitty gritty of their work, helping us understand what it might take to make the city's ambitious Zero Waste vision a reality.
Why does the history of squatting in New York matter? Artists, historians, documentarians, and writers reflect on a singular passage in the city's story, and what it can offer today.
As Manhattan's Chinatown experiences rapid change, a historic porcelain store on Mott Street reinvents itself as a space for intergenerational dialogue and community activation. UO talks to Mei Lum and Diane Wong, the minds behind the W.O.W. Project, about what they've learned and where they're headed next.
The Harbor Ring would interconnect the waterfronts of Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Manhattan — and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge could be the missing link. Paul Gertner, chair of Transportation Alternatives' Harbor Ring Committee tells SLO about the longstanding effort to complete the Ring and unite the harbor region.
Margaret Morton goes behind the service window at the James A. Farley Post Office Building to decode the dust and uncover the history of this monumental building, now part of plans for a rejuvenated Pennsylvania Station.
Can public art, oral history, and open dialogue help rebuild burned bridges between estranged community groups? Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani recounts her experience in the Lower East Side's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA).
How did a musical that contains virtually nothing of New York come to represent the city?
MdeAS Architects principal Dan Shannon walks through the market, regulatory, and cultural forces behind Midtown commercial redevelopment projects and their potential to transform aging assets into competitive buildings.
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.
Oksana Mironova documents varied approaches to City-led redevelopment in Lincoln Square and the West Side Urban Renewal Area and calls for an evolution of contemporary rezonings to prioritize the preservation of existing communities.
Marie Warsh draws on recent archaeological discoveries to revisit the history of the northern end of Central Park. Touching on geology and topography, 19th century military strategy, and new readings of documentation of Central Park's creation, she reveals a more densely layered cultural landscape than is commonly understood.
Photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah has spent three years documenting one Harlem intersection and the people who inhabit that corner at night. His striking portraits confront issues of poverty, homelessness, addiction, and illness, while showing the beauty and humanity of those who are often forgotten, feared, or willfully avoided.
Damian Santucci, Director of Production and Operations for the Times Square Alliance, walks us through the groundwork behind the spectacle of the Square and the logistics of coordinating hundreds of events, film shoots, and public art installations in a public space that sees 350,000 visitors a day.
Aaron Reiss dives into Beyond the Grid, an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan to create a more resilient, connected, and sustainable Lower East Side by fusing heating, power, and communications infrastructures.
Charles Chawalko relates the tension surrounding his coop’s upcoming vote on its future in the Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program.