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Protest

Dispatches

This Is What We're Seeing, This Is What We're Not Seeing

Mark Dicus of the SoHo Broadway Initiative reflects on the ups and down of a tumultuous year along one of New York City's most heavily-trafficked pedestrian corridors.

You’re Not Going to Tell Me When to Go Home

What happened on the ground during the summer protests in NYC? Participants describe a temporary landscape of kinship and resistance — and a template for another city.

Circulation Desk

Unreality Check

As New York reckons with a pandemic and police violence, truth can seem stranger than fiction. But a new work of urban fantasy bends the uncanny contours of crisis towards a vision of the city transformed through solidarity.

Radicals and Real Estate

This is what democracy looks like: not only public squares, but office buildings. In the Lower East Side, the Peace Pentagon was the source point for four decades of resistance.

Bright Megaphone

With simple phrases beamed in light, the Illuminator Collective appropriates buildings' exteriors to reveal the forces at work inside.

The Location of Justice: Streets

Walk the Walk

For decades, city governments have pledged to clear neighborhood streets of crime and police abuse in the same stroke. But can community policing deliver on its promises?

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?

People Movers

Unruly Passengers

The Riders Alliance floods the city’s subway stations and bus stops, organizing normally disengaged riders to fight for better public transit.

Obstruction for Justice

How can protestors get their points across to an unyielding city? Gumming up the works may trump gathering in the square.

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.