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‘Teens look to get out the vote’

The Hunts Point Express

July, 5, 2017

The teens partnered with NYC Votes and the Center for Urban Pedagogy to create “Our Voice, Our Choice,” a 14-page guide they introduced at a June 29 roundtable at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in Soundview. 

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‘Bronx High Schoolers Explain How MTA Funding Works’

StreetsBlog NYC

September, 23, 2015

Monday night, the students presented a 12-minute video they made during a summer course with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). It explains everything from who appoints the MTA board to the size of the gap in the capital budget.

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‘Investigating the Grade’

Materials for the Arts

August, 27, 2013

Students from Lyons Community School in Brooklyn and CUP teaching artist Leigh Davis worked together to examine the restaurant grading system in the city.

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‘The Big Squeeze: Illustrating Micro-Unit Housing’

Urban Omnibus

June, 26, 2013

CUP teaching artist Chat Travieso worked with a small group of students to create a powerful tool to make the discussion of this new housing model accessible to a greater population.

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‘Guest Lesson | Thinking Critically About Food in a Season of Plenty’

New York Times Learning Network

November, 13, 2012

[Students] interviewed experts from fields ranging from real estate to food distribution to urban planning. They summarized their findings in a booklet about food justice…

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‘Are You Ready? An Illustrated Guide to Preparing for Disaster’

GOOD

October, 29, 2012

[The booklet] is a tool for individuals and community organizations who’d like to start thinking about community preparedness, what that might look like, and why it matters.

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‘Funky Fresh Means Access to Healthy Food in the Bronx’

WBAI

October, 19, 2012

The visuals were so breathtaking… the kids [who took part in the project] learned a lot of new skill sets.

‘New York Art Book Fair: Books of Note’

Domus

October, 5, 2012

[Power Trip] explores the infrastructure and apparatus that keeps the lights on, and in so doing boils down a very complex topic in clear terms… affording the people involved an opportunity to (figuratively or literally) peer down some manholes and look at the city.

‘Bronx Bodegas for Beginners’

Curbed

March, 14, 2012

This documentary is a good primer on the bodega industry.

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‘Where Does Your (Convenience Store) Food Come From?’

Gilt Taste

August, 31, 2011

These students take the opportunity to really explore how this little corner of the city works… and what results is one of the smartest, most nuanced, and most fun documents on the subject we’ve ever seen.

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‘Who Is Shaping New York’s Subway Redevelopment?’

psfk

August, 15, 2011

The project juxtaposes the fact that such a construction project creates jobs but there is a suspicious absence of ‘the public’ in MTA’s decisions.

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‘Fast-Tracked: Who Decides Where the Subway Goes?’

Urban Omnibus

August, 10, 2011

The group investigated how transportation planning works by talking to stakeholders, researching policy and financing, and pounding the pavement.

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