Affordable New York

A Housing Legacy

September 18, 2015 - February 7, 2016

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New York City has a long history of creating below-market housing for its residents. Today the city offers subsidized housing to families across a wide economic spectrum; more than 400,000 in public housing, and many more in privately or cooperatively owned apartments. With affordable housing a cornerstone of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, New York’s housing legacy—often overlooked and little understood—is more relevant than ever.

Affordable New York traces over a century of affordable housing activism, documenting the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city. A focus on current and future housing initiatives demonstrates how New Yorkers continue to promote subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity, neighborhood stability, and social justice. 



      • "Revealing a Housing Legacy Hidden in Plain Sight" WestView News
      • "Inside the Exhibit Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy at the Museum of the City of New York" Untapped Cities
      • "A Long View of a Perennial Problem" Wall Street Journal
      • "Tracing the History of Affordable Housing in New York City" Curbed
      • "'Affordable New York: A House Legacy' exhibit examines NYC's subsidized housing history" amNewYork
      • "Calling All History Buffs: The Museum of the City of New York's Affordable Housing Exhibit Opens Today" Brick Underground

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