These days, when New Yorkers of all stripes are having a hard time finding a place to live that fits in their budgets, the City Museum is shining a lens on the City’s long history of affordable housing activism from Harlem to Hollis.
Housing now demands a growing share of our incomes. In the New York area, the housing affordability problem extends far up the income ladder. Since the city is so densely populated and new construction so expensive, even middle-income professionals struggle to pay their rent or mortgage.
Yet New York has a larger inventory of rent protected units than any other American city by far. Affordable New York explores the remarkable efforts of committed citizens to design, construct, and manage affordable housing, and documents the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city.
A Past to Build Upon – NYC’S Housing Legacy
October 22, 2015
Richard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and chair of HRH Construction Corporation–where he developed over 40,000 units of affordable housing–reflects back on his time in development and joins John Kelly, Partner at Nixon Peabody, for a conversation.
Examining Urban Poverty Today, A Century after Riis
November 4, 2015
Join us for a panel exploring the legacy of Riis’s journalism and photography on the work of contemporary activists committed to raising public consciousness about urban poverty.
Designing Better Affordable Housing
December 1, 2015
Join a distinguished panel of developers, architects and professors, as they explore ambitious and achievable ideas for public and below-market housing in New York.
Housing a Growing City
January 19, 2016
Join a panel of leaders in New York City urban planning — including housing advocates, community leaders and city officials — to discuss these changes in our urban fabric and the potential solutions to ensuring the city remains a leader in affordable housing.
Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Communities
February 4, 2016
Join a diverse panel of city officials, developers, and community advocates to discuss the opportunities that affordable housing can bring to our neighborhoods, and our responsibilities to build more equitable neighborhoods through zoning and economic development, community engagement, and tenants’ rights.
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The Affordable Housing: What about the Future? A Symposium video below was shot on September 17, 2015, the Museum of the City of New York opened the exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy with a symposium that brought together housing advocates, developers, community leaders, and city officials. The group discussed how to embrace subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity and neighborhood stability, and, not least, as a critical investment in the city’s workforce into the 21st century.
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