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06.24.14 Marina Galperina

“This is extreme Capitalism,” says Jennifer Lyn Morone, officially Jennifer Lyn Morone™ Inc, a C-corporation according to the state of Delaware. In her website and video pitch, the Design Interactions graduate student explains how she has “established a new business model that is designed to determine the value of an individual relative to society and to the data he or she […]

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05.02.14 Andy Cush

Something feels wrong about a walking tour happening this weekend that will have up to 100 people strolling through Queensbridge Houses, the city’s largest public housing complex, gawking at residents and the buildings they live in. The tour, led by former Queensbridge resident and current Long Island City bishop Mitchell Taylor and organized by the […]

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12.27.13 Andy Cush

In an effort to downsize the budget of the cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority, which runs public housing in the city, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio plans to end longstanding regular payments from NYCHA to the NYPD. The payments, totaling about $70 million per year, pay for the NYPD to assign officers to regularly patrol […]

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12.17.13 Andy Cush

Faced with a federal class-action lawsuit from residents of public housing, the New York City Housing Authority has agreed to more efficiently deal with complaints of mold growing in apartments. According to the lawsuit, the city has allowed problems to persist in apartments where tenants make complaints, often dealing with existing mold without attacking the […]

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01.03.13 Andy Cush

Though the New York City Housing Authority touts its “green agenda,” advertising a commitment “to providing safe, affordable housing for more than 400,000 residents in a cost efficient and environmentally conscious manner,” many of the city’s public housing residents say that isn’t the case. Ashley Paniagua, for example, tried to plant gardens on the lawns of Harlem’s Manhattanville […]

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11.13.12 Andy Cush

At a speaking engagement at a Red Hook housing complex Monday, NYCHA Chairman John Rhea announced that while residents of New York City’s storm-beleaguered housing projects will have to pay their full rent for the time being, they’ll be getting a reimbursement credit come January. Rhea called the coming credit “a nice little Christmas present,” […]

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08.13.12 Joshua Rivera

The residents of a New York City Housing Authority Development in the Bronx have a laundry facility in their building. But its tenants, all senior citizens, have been forced to go elsewhere to take care of their laundry, as the machines have been broken. For a year. And the NYCHA will not fix them, relying […]

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09.01.11 Marina Galperina

You want to push it, push it real good. I know. Consider the philosophical implications of this IRL Facebook “Like” button first, before you start cooing over its cleverness. Yes, pressing a physical representation of a button that has become an integral part of all your Internet meanderings would be very, very cathartic. However, this […]

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09.28.10 Marina Galperina

The Spanish intervention group Luzinterruptus has created some amazing projects over the years, but some of their brightest ideas were never realized. They’ve rounded up a few illustrations of the thwarted wonders: the street of trick shadows, the glowing garden and trees with lit cellulose wings. Bring it back to NYC! […]

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03.25.10 Bucky Turco

Look, jail is fun. That’s the message a playground at a Brooklyn housing project conveyed to kids says residents. One grandmother claims she complained the very day it was being installed, eight years ago, and even took matters into her own hands, painting over the word ‘JAIL’ with spray paint on at least two occasions. […]

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