New York City in the 70s was the setting for Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, and Saturday Night Fever, the nightmare playground for Son of Sam and The Warriors, the proving grounds for graffiti, punk, hip-hop, and all manner of other public spectacle. New York Calling is a collection of original essays reminding us what’s changed [...]
Mayor Bloomberg delivers the keynote address of this conference, emphasizing that rethinking land use is the key to getting big projects done in the boroughs. Other panelists include Amanda Burde, Chair of the NYC Planning Commission; Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University; and Felix G. Rohatyn, Rohatyn Associates, LLC. The conference was held at the Manhattan [...]
Do environmentalists utilize a politics of fear? Do progressive politics appeal to hopes and desires, or to nightmares? n+1 contributors Meghan Falvey, Alex Gourevitch, Mark Greif and Chad Harbach debate, as Benjamin Kunkel (co-founder of n+1) moderates. This event was presented by the New York Public Library, with n+1, a political and literary journal.
Faisal Alam is the Founder and Director of Al-Fatiha Foundation, an international organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Muslims. He joined Columbia students to learn about, discuss, and support these individuals, as well as to offer social criticism. The forum was held at the Middle East Institute of Columbia, and was co-sponsored by MEALAC, [...]
Charles Lockwood, author of the indispensable Bricks and Brownstone was described by The New Yorker as the “consummate authority” on this iconic building type. His recent research has uncovered many surprising facts and long-forgotten historical photographs. Mr. Lockwood discusses the evolution of the New York row house from the 1820s onward, describes the daily lives [...]
Individuals can affect the urban planning process by protest and resistance, or by working within the system. This forum begins with the proposition that Jane Jacobs was not beholden to any particular strategy for creating change in urban planning. Discussing different ways to help individuals make their voices heard were Marshall Brown of Atlantic Yards [...]
How does Harlem function as a cultural capital? Bill T. Jones moderates the first of the Breaking Ground series, Harlem community dialogues. Bill T. Jones is the co-founder and artistic director of the Arnie Zane Dance Company. Participants of the discussion include Kamilah Forbes, actor/producer; Dr. Michael Lomax, United Negro College Fund President; Bill Perkins, [...]
Known for his empathy, humor and hope, Jonathan Schell is The Nation’s peace and disarmament correspondent. His latest book, The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger, will be published in November. The book examines threats posed to the world by nuclear power and continuing arms development. Mr. Schell will share excerpts from the [...]