Living Los Sures, Past and Present
UnionDocs' Christopher Allen and Aris Dilone and Los Sures' Ramon Peguero discuss a four-year documentary project capturing Williamsburg's Southside that demonstrates how creative documentation of place can complement the work of community-based organizations.
Black Radical Weeksville
Jonathan Tarleton explores how the Weeksville Heritage Center is leveraging Crown Heights’ and Bed-Stuy’s storied pasts, local assets, and arts and culture to catalyze a community in the midst of shifting neighborhood dynamics.
Rings of Refuge: The Boxing Gym in a Shrinking City
Sociologist Lucia Trimbur explains how the urban gym acts as an informal means of reentry for formerly incarcerated men of color facing a complex web of parole requirements and diminished opportunity.
Cooperative City, Cooperative Community
Caitlin Blanchfield uncovers the nuances of Co-op City that make this unique development relevant to our broader understanding of social infrastructure, intergenerational continuity, community pride, and affordability.
A Scheme on a Bluff: The View from Todt Hill Houses
In the third article in our Typecast series, Brad Fox travels to Staten Island's Todt Hill Houses and reminds us that amid debates on how design and policy can produce environments of opportunity, people are what ultimately make a place.
What Is Zoning?
Christine Gaspar of the Center for Urban Pedagogy walks us through the core concepts of New York City’s zoning code and describes the strategies the organization employs to break down its complexity.