TOPIC

Vacancy

Circulation Desk

Second Chances

Recent books explore the potential in underused and overdetermined spaces, from mid-century American city centers and suburban shopping malls to the current glut of vacant retail storefronts and offices.

Whereabouts

5-100346

This building is fast.

Trust Exercise

In Western Queens, activists see a waterfront warehouse as an opportunity to broaden the horizons of a community's control over its own future.

Burial Rights

Organizers in Flatbush are fighting for the preservation of an African burial ground — to honor the dead, and protect a living community's future.

Cleaning Up?

Remediation as Neighborhood and Ecological Regeneration: Shirley Chisholm State Park

The Struggle is Real Estate

In Berlin’s city center, an activist-led redevelopment scheme is setting a bold example for rescuing financially valuable public land from privatization and gentrification.

An Urban System of Death

Density and displacement aren’t just problems for the living.

Country of Tenants

Questions of ownership, affordability, and political representation converge in current struggles over rent regulation.

Shelf Life

Do You Remember How It Was?

Residents recall a decade of upheaval in the East New York Oral History Project.

Housing Brass Tacks

Limited-Equity Co-Ops

If owning a home means security, stability, and the American Dream, those remain out of reach for most apartment-dwelling New Yorkers. But can limited-equity co-ops provide another way?