Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

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City Studies

Store Stories

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

The Who in the Q!

Urban Investigations

The Who in the Q!

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Kevin Park

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and ... more

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and Media Studies. Previously, he was an intern for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Girls for Gender Equity. Currently, Kevin is on the Steering Committee of Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of NY. Born and raised in NYC, Kevin is passionate about all things related to social justice and community organizing. He loves working with video and is a self-proclaimed YouTube geek.

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 Participatory Budgeting Project

Participatory Budgeting Project

is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the US and ... more

Participatory Budgeting Project

is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the US and Canada. They create and support participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.

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The Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that helps communities decide how to spend public ... more

The Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit organization that helps communities decide how to spend public money. PBP’s mission is to empower community members to make informed, democratic, and fair decisions about public spending and revenue. PBP works with governments and organizations to develop participatory budgeting processes, in which local people directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. CUP has worked with PBP since 2011 to develop maps, outreach materials, and ballots for Participatory Budgeting in New York City.

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 Partnerships for Parks

Partnerships for Parks

is a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation that helps New Yorkers work together to make neighborhood parks thrive.

Partnerships for Parks

is a joint program of NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation that helps New Yorkers work together to make neighborhood parks thrive.

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Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn was the Communications Assistant at CUP, as well as a former intern. She studied Urban Studies and Education at ... more

Jazlyn Patricio-Archer

Jazlyn was the Communications Assistant at CUP, as well as a former intern. She studied Urban Studies and Education at Stanford University. Prior to CUP, Jazlyn worked at the Diversity and First Generation Office at Stanford, where she developed a pedagogy and curriculum of diversity engagement and social justice dialogue strategies. In addition to her work at CUP, she studied at Farm School NYC working towards a certificate in Urban Agriculture. 

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Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through ... more

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through collaboration.  Douglas has organized and participated in expansive projects, adventures, and shows across the U.S. and Europe, and loves asking the question: “What art are you for?”  

He is the New York wing of the international collective Parfyme, initiator of an informal collaborative group Action Club and a member of Flux Factory, where he runs the residency program.  As a CUP teaching artist, he explored vacant property in Flatbush with middle school students, street-level banking mechanisms, and affordable housing placement with high school students.

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Students from  Pay Dirt

Students from Pay Dirt

In the fall of 2013, CUP worked with students from Danielle Cardarelli’s Economics class at the Urban Assembly School ... more

Students from Pay Dirt

In the fall of 2013, CUP worked with students from Danielle Cardarelli’s Economics class at the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice. Those students were Iqra Ahmed, Kiran Amin, Saeeda Batool, Zasica Chowdhury, Quratulain Chughtai, Zannatul Farah, Rose Flores, Sedef Iqbal, Alyssia King, Shania Lett, Aisha Loane, Sidrah Malik, Robyn Pacheco, Dulce Parra, Amna Riaz, Khadija Sarwar, Shazma Shahzad, Shaiza Shakeel, Sanya Shema, Iqra Tariq, Rasanya Taylor, Lizmarie Vazquez, Fevzie Vila, and Jazmine Williams.

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The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) of Philadelphia Legal Assistance is a legal services program whose mission is to ... more

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) of Philadelphia Legal Assistance is a legal services program whose mission is to provide legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania. PFP represents Pennsylvania farmworkers in matters relating to the violation of local, state, and federal employment laws, and now, through a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant, in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. A large part of PFP’s work is conducting outreach at labor camps throughout Pennsylvania to educate workers about their employment and tax rights.

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Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY, making books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, illustrations and ... more

Mike Perry

Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY, making books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, illustrations and teaching whenever possible. His first book, titled Hand Job and published by Princeton Architectural Press, hit the book shelves in 2006. His second book, titled Over & Over, hit the shelves in 2008. He is currently working on two new books. In 2007 he started a magazine called Untitled, that explores his current interests. He has worked with clients from New York Times Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Microsoft Zune, Urban Outfitters, eMusic, and Zoo York. In 2004 he was chosen as one of Step Magazine’s 30 under 30, as a groundbreaking illustrator by Computer Arts Projects Magazine in 2007. He received Print Magazine’s New Visual Artist award in 2008, and was chosen by the Art Directors Club as one of this years Young Guns. Doodling away night and day, Perry creates new typefaces and sundry graphics that inevitably evolve into his new work, exercising the great belief that the generating of piles is the sincerest form of creative process. His work has been seen around the world including a recent solo show in London titled “The Place between Time and Space.”

Mike was a MPP juror.

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Nicole Pivirotto

Nicole Pivirotto

Nicole Pivirotto is a designer specializing in print, interactive, identity, exhibition, motion, and whatever lies in ... more

Nicole Pivirotto

Nicole Pivirotto is a designer specializing in print, interactive, identity, exhibition, motion, and whatever lies in between. She graduated in 2011 with her MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, and has had the pleasure of working at W. W. Norton & Company, Milton Glaser Inc., and Victoria’s Secret among others. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a chubby cat named Georgie. nicolepivirotto.com

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Maria Popova

Maria Popova

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Design ... more

Maria Popova

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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Zach Postone

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the ... more

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the future.  He’s originally from Berkeley, CA, and studied Political Science and Art at Swarthmore College. As an intern at CUP, Zach was involved with several CUP projects, including “What the Cell?”, the Soda Census, and the Zoning Toolkit.

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Dave Powell

Dave Powell

Dave Powell has worked as a tenant organizer and tenant advocate for the Metropolitan Council on Housing, The Fifth Avenue ... more

Dave Powell

Dave Powell has worked as a tenant organizer and tenant advocate for the Metropolitan Council on Housing, The Fifth Avenue Committee, and Tenants & Neighbors. He is currently working on a documentary film, “It Took 50 Years: Frances Goldin and the Struggle for Cooper Square”. In 2001, CUP interviewed Dave for the “Building Codes” exhibit at the Storefront for Art in Architecture. While at the Fifth Avenue Committee, Dave collaborated with CUP on workshops about housing and land use.  These workshops utilized the first proto-type of CUP’s Affordable Housing Toolkit.

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Students from Power Trip

CUP and CUP teaching artist Sam Contis worked with students from Aviation High School in Queens on “Power ... more

Students from Power Trip

CUP and CUP teaching artist Sam Contis worked with students from Aviation High School in Queens on “Power Trip,” an Urban Investigation about NYC’s electricity infrastructure. Those students were Hubert Goncarz and BinHua Wang; and David Park from Brooklyn Technical High School.

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Maniza Pritila

Maniza Pritila

Maniza was a student at Brooklyn College Academy. She was an intern at CUP and participated in the “$ ... more

Maniza Pritila

Maniza was a student at Brooklyn College Academy. She was an intern at CUP and participated in the “$ Breakdown” Urban Investigation in the fall of 2010.  

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The Public Society

The Public Society

The Public Society is a multi-disciplinary design studio that seeks, above all else, impact. Impact for our clients, yes, ... more

The Public Society

The Public Society is a multi-disciplinary design studio that seeks, above all else, impact. Impact for our clients, yes, but also for the world at large. We are interested in using our talents to amplify voices that are often unheard but are critical to the public discourse. This is why we are keen to work with those who are interested in collaborating on world-changing and world-bettering ideas, be they commercial or not-for-profit. Making the world a cleaner, more just, and more transparent place excites us. Education excites us. What excites us most of all is collaborating with others to accomplish these goals.

The Public Society were 2013-2014 Public Access Design Fellows and worked on Housing Court Help.

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Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer is an artist-designer in New York City and principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Her ... more

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer is an artist-designer in New York City and principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Her interests include social systems and symbolic capital.

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Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle is a comic artist. His books include Blindspot, Lab U.S.A. and Prison Town. He is also a co-editor of World War ... more

Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle is a comic artist. His books include Blindspot, Lab U.S.A. and Prison Town. He is also a co-editor of World War 3 Illustrated, America’s longest running political comics anthology. Kevin Pyle was the teaching artist on “Prison City Comix.”

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Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, ... more

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, activism, and participatory action research in the US and South Asia. Prior to Adhikaar, she worked at Andolan, APICHA, and New Voices National Fellowship Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She regularly appears on print and broadcast media on issues related to workers’ rights, language access, and the needs of the emerging Nepali-speaking community. She currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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Siyona Ravi

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of ... more

Siyona Ravi

Siyona is CUP’s Communications & Development Assistant. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Visual Studies. She’s interested in the intersections of art, environmental justice, and community development. She was born in Bangalore, grew up in Chicago, and now lives Brooklyn, where you can find her making a mess in the kitchen or caring for her beloved ficus, Eugene. 

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Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Who Makes Bail?

Urban Investigations

Who Makes Bail?

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Making Policy Public

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

My ID

City Studies

My ID

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

If You Can Make It Here...

Urban Investigations

If You Can Make It Here...