Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Safe Space?

City Studies

Safe Space?

 Stand for Tenant Safety

Stand for Tenant Safety

STS is a citywide coalition of community organizations who are fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City ... more

Stand for Tenant Safety

STS is a citywide coalition of community organizations who are fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City tenants from landlords who are using construction as harassment. We define construction as harassment as when landlords use aggressive, disruptive, and unsafe construction as means to displace tenants from their homes. Through a community-driven effort, STS has worked with the New York City Council to pass eleven pieces of legislation to reform the Department of Buildings. The Coalition is led by St. Nicks Alliance, Cooper Square Committee and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center (CDP).

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Angela Starita

Angela Starita

Angela Starita is a graduate student, freelance writer and teacher. Her work has been published in The ... more

Angela Starita

Angela Starita is a graduate student, freelance writer and teacher. Her work has been published in The Architect’s Newspaper, Print, Metropolis, The New York Times, and other publications. She is interested in industrial architecture and the work of Lina Bo Bardi and other Brazilian modern architects. Angela was an intern at CUP.

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Sam Stark

Sam Stark

Sam Stark is the author of the children’s book Diderot: French Philosopher and Father of the Encyclopedia. He works ... more

Sam Stark

Sam Stark is the author of the children’s book Diderot: French Philosopher and Father of the Encyclopedia. He works as an assistant editor at Harper’s Magazine.

Sam Stark has worked on Building Codes, and Social Security Risk Machine.

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Students from Store Stories

Students from Store Stories

Students from the BCCP collaborated with CUP and Mads Lynnerup on “Store Stories.”

Students from Store Stories

Students from the BCCP collaborated with CUP and Mads Lynnerup on “Store Stories.”

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 Street Vendor Project

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create ... more

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. We reach out to vendors in the streets and storage garages and teach them about their legal rights and responsibilities. We hold meetings where we plan collective actions for getting our voices heard. We publish reports and file lawsuits to raise public awareness about vendors and the enormous contribution they make to our city. Finally, we help vendors grow their businesses by linking them with small business training and loans.

The Street Vendor Project Collaborated with CUP on the Vendor Power! MPP.

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 Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ... more

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ins & outs, do’s & don’ts, and street politics of police encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and the police. We also stand for and with LGBTQQ and youth with experience trading sex for survival needs. We feel knowing your rights makes you more confident in protecting yourself during and after interactions with the police. We also know that the reality is that the police don’t always respect our rights but knowing what they are is important so that we can fight for them later. We also create a space to share strategies to stay safe from all forms of violence experienced by LGBTQQ youth, and advocate for policies that will change the ways police interact with us.

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 Students from Garbage Problems

Students from Garbage Problems

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny ... more

Students from Garbage Problems

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny Poutchkov, Elizabeth Sanchez, Francisco Simon, Geneva Eddy, Justyna Judycka, Leo Paulino and Lemar White

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Celina Su

Celina Su

Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and a co-founder of the Burmese ... more

Celina Su

Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and a co-founder of the Burmese Refugee Project. Her research focuses on civil society organizations, participatory community development and policy-making, and youth empowerment. She authored Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-authored Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failure of Urban Education (NYU Press, 2009). She is a long-time CUP fan, as well as a contributing researcher and writer to its City Without a Ghetto project.

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Sean Suchara

Sean Suchara

I am Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Image-Maker based out of Long Island, New York. I split my time between Art ... more

Sean Suchara

I am Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Image-Maker based out of Long Island, New York. I split my time between Art Directing/Designing the Independent Architecture magazine Take Shape and working as a freelancer in a variety of mediums and formats. In spite of the many hats I put on in my work my aim is always centered on making work that is accessible and educational, work that seeks to humanize and emphasize information and work that isn’t afraid to be made with play or humor. 

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Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae is 50% Amelia Irwin and 50% Nicole Killian. They met a year ago while working their design day job at ... more

Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae is 50% Amelia Irwin and 50% Nicole Killian. They met a year ago while working their design day job at Nickelodeon. After realizing they both had the same beliefs over Degrassi Junior High they decided to join forces to create a new super-powered design duo. Amelia had already been trained at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Nicole decided to do the same. 50% of Hot Sundae is from the trails of Appalachia and the other half is from the snow piles of Buffalo. 100% of them like kittens, ice cream, drawing, typography, and pizza. Hot Sundae is currently working with CUP on the Keeping Parks Public MPP.

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Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, ... more

Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Founding Director of the Community & Capital Action Research Lab (C2ARL). Stacey’s research and teaching engages questions broadly related to social, economic and spatial equity within cities.  More specifically, Stacey examines local economic development concerns, retail landscapes, neighborhood change and community planning processes with a strong New York City focus. Stacey joined the CUP Board in 2011 and hopes to expand the CUP methodology within the academy.

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Marcela Szwarc

Marcela Szwarc

Marcela is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist. She loves being challenged by both creative and social ... more

Marcela Szwarc

Marcela is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist. She loves being challenged by both creative and social projects, and is especially dedicated to projects regarding environmental justice, women’s rights, and the arts. Currently, she is designing for the Institute of Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Her favorite color is salmon.

Visit website

http://marcelaszwarc.net

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Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in ... more

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in New York and recommends you read Toyo Ito’s “Architectural Scenery in the Saran Wrap City”. He will gladly get a beer and noodles with you at Deluxe Green Bo.  

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Leigh Taylor

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied ... more

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied Sociology with a focus on Gender & Labor. Following college, Leigh has worked for organizations invested in social justice education for young people, specifically youth from historically marginalized communities. She is involved in movements of justice for domestic workers, incarcerated folks, and young people of color. She is excited to work with CUP to create accessible tools for people from communities like hers.

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Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin is a graphic designer based in Queens, New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Economics and Marketing, and a BFA ... more

Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin is a graphic designer based in Queens, New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Economics and Marketing, and a BFA in Graphic Design. Melisa works with community advocacy organizations, small businesses, and corporate clients to help them build and maintain a compelling visual identity for their brands. Melisa believes that good design is an important marketing tool, and aims to bridge the divide between good design and pressing issues in her community through her work. tekindesigns.com

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 Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For ... more

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For more than 30 years, through grassroots organizing, T&N has forged a powerful movement in the fight to preserve affordable housing, strengthen tenant protections, and sustain diverse and livable communities. They collaborated with CUP on the MPP Predatory Equity.

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Students from  The Big Squeeze

Students from The Big Squeeze

Students from The Academy of Urban Planning participated in an Urban Investigation on micro-units in New York City. Those ... more

Students from The Big Squeeze

Students from The Academy of Urban Planning participated in an Urban Investigation on micro-units in New York City. Those students were Antonio Capellan, Miguel Ruiz, and Christopher Viquez; with help from Marcus Carlos and Bernardo Nuñez.

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 The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal ... more

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities.

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Students from  The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from the BCCP’s afterschool program at Walt Whitman Middle School participated in an Urban Investigation on ... more

Students from The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from the BCCP’s afterschool program at Walt Whitman Middle School participated in an Urban Investigation on empty lots. Those students were Alex Frederick, Ragjay Green, Jeannegeilia Mathelier, Freddie Larry, Angela Weeks, Evette Drawhron, Latifah Shim, Stephan McKenzie, Lauson Albertine, Deshawn Lindo, and Shanice McBean.

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students from There's No Business Like Small Business

students from There’s No Business Like Small Business

Students from the School for Legal Studies in class worked with CUP and Teaching Artist Sam Holleran on an Urban ... more

students from There’s No Business Like Small Business

Students from the School for Legal Studies in class worked with CUP and Teaching Artist Sam Holleran on an Urban Investigation that investigated the future of small businesses in NYC

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Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

SERVE!

Public Access Design

SERVE!

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Get Support in Housing Court

Making Policy Public

Get Support in Housing Court

Blunt Conversations

Urban Investigations

Blunt Conversations

The Wait

Urban Investigations

The Wait