For fifteen years and counting at a free people's urbanism school in Orange, New Jersey, the city itself is a university, and a university is an advocate for community repair.
Street Ballet Opera
An ambitious new opera plumbs the humanity and contemporary relevance of two mythic figures of New York City: Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.
An audio archivist documents the evolution of pirate radio in Brooklyn and its place in the cultural landscapes of the borough's immigrant communities.
In works from digital dérives to a floating opera, artists bring new perspectives to New York City's most damaged environments.
See and Be Seen
When safe space is hard to find, art and events collective Papi Juice gives queer and trans people of color a home — and a soundtrack — for the night.
Finding New York in West Side Story
How did a musical that contains virtually nothing of New York come to represent the city?
Nowhere but the Bronx: A Trail Marks Cultural History
Casita Maria’s Elaine Delgado and Christine Licata describe the sites, markers, and programs of the South Bronx Culture Trail and pay homage to the area's exceptional cultural history.
Preoccupied with Place, Musician Gabriel Kahane Plays the City
Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane describes the way architecture, literature, and historical research inform his compositions and why he's drawn to storytelling tied to place.
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
In the second in a series of profiles of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts, Mercedes Kraus looks at how a cultural community has flourished by leveraging its legacy of artistic production in the face of intensifying real estate pressure and outside influence and interest.