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Manhattan

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If These Walls Could Talk

Whither housing? Ask the houses. In four recent books, home is where the histories of housing policy and politics makes themselves known.

The Location of Justice: Futures

Coming Home

Formerly incarcerated people reassemble their lives at the Castle, a singular housing facility and a supportive home base created by The Fortune Society.

Intersections: Going Out

Muted Monumentality

A new Monument to Gay and Transgender People merges strength and fragility, as well as communion and isolation, by the banks of the Hudson River.

Underexposed

Underexposed | 11

In West Harlem, a wastewater treatment plants hides beneath a 28-acre state park.

Intersections: Behind Closed Doors

Lavender Lining

Rising rents mark the “straightening” of gayborhoods like Greenwich Village. What role does queer presence play in cycles of urban redevelopment and displacement?

The Location of Justice: Structures

Siting Rikers' Replacements

The city's plans call for new borough jails to replace those at Rikers. A set of drawings examines land uses in the boroughs' civic centers to consider: Can New Yorkers accept jails as neighbors?

The Location of Justice: Structures

Retrofit for Fairness

The city oversees an experiment: Can new signage and instructions improve experiences in New York’s busiest criminal courthouse?

Underexposed

Underexposed | 4

Hidden in Central Park, the remains of a 19th century reservoir that fell out of fashion.

Who Makes the Many Harlems?

Integration without gentrification? Self-determination without segregation? Who has the power to determine Harlem’s future?

99% Invisible talks Liberation Squares

Benjamen Walker and Vishaan Chakrabarti hang out in Tompkins Square Park and discuss the role spaces for public assembly have played in a variety of international examples of protest and reform.

What Do You Avoid? Where Do You Belong?

Theater-makers, natives, and newcomers draw mental maps of how they navigate comfort and discomfort in a rapidly changing city.

Super Strategies

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.

The Story of Squats

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.

Chinatown Shop Talk

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.

City of Cycling: Empathy

Escape and Microcosm

SLO talks to Matthew Faber about the Central Park Arch Project and how the historic visions of Olmsted and Vaux could help cope with the many modes of transportation that jockey for space in New York’s most famous, and most crowded, park.

City of Cycling: Networks

Map It and They Will Bike

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.

Excavating the Farley

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.

In the Same Room Without Screaming

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).

Typecast: Row House

The Magnate-Messiah of the Upper West Side

This week on Typecast, Allison Henry tells the tale of Clarence True, a 19th century architect-developer who believed he alone could save the row house from mundanity.

Finding New York in West Side Story

How did a musical that contains virtually nothing of New York come to represent the city?