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05.11.15 Prachi Gupta

Parts of Queens are starting to look like Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis, dotted with abandoned homes that have turned into a major nuisance for the local community. DNAinfo reports that some of the vacant homes in Jamaica, Queens were left empty due to foreclosures: According to local elected officials and published reports, of all […]

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03.27.15 Liam Mathews

On March 31, Powerhouse Books is releasing Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters, 1992-2000, a collection of photos by Ash Thayer, who lived in the squats and documented the beauty and squalor of the community. Thayer, a resident of See Skwat, Fifth Street Squat, and Serenity House, eulogizes and celebrates a bygone era of Manhattan […]

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11.18.14 Prachi Gupta

A new documentary-in-the-making seeks to recapture the spirit of the ’90s-era Lower East Side squatters and their fight with the NYPD under then-New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Anytime, Baby: The War for the Lower East Side, by Queens resident and filmmaker John Frisbie, revisits the sordid era of New […]

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11.03.14 Rhett Jones

Squatter’s rights are a murky issue in New York but there’s one thing pretty much anyone can agree on, they have the right to not be burned to death in their sleep. According to Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, that’s exactly what one Bed-Stuy landlord was conspiring to do to the two illegal tenants in his […]

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10.10.14 Marina Galperina

“She used to be famous before she started doing the crizzle,” Bucket says about Bailey, a former actress, in a video by Jeff Seal. Sweeping through the dilapidated building on Lafayette in Bed-Stuy, the video shows hallways filled with trash, rooms that were once bathrooms, now covered in bits of fallen ceiling and caved in walls. They’ve adjusted. […]

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