Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy. Sept 18, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016

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. 
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Opening Symposium Video


  • "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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    The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the
    Ford Foundation
    Additional support is provided by

    Ronay and Richard Menschel
    Richard Ravitch – The Richard Ravitch Foundation

    With public support from

    New York City Council
    Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker
    Manhattan Delegation
    Rosie Mendez, Council Member

    Martin Dunn
    New York State Association for Affordable Housing
    SLCE Architects
    Wachovia Foundation

    Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
    John Camiolo, John James Benefits
    Hercules Argyriou/Mega Contracting
    A. Esteban & Company/Chris Esteban
    Forsyth Street Advisors
    Mountco Construction & Development
    OMNI New York
    PMS Construction Management
    Fran and Glenn Schor/Treeline Companies
    Anderson Kill & Olick
    Michael Borruto General Contractor, Inc.
    Dattner Architects
    DDM Development and Services
    Lettire Construction
    Alchemy Properties
    The Arker Companies
    DP Group General Contractors
    Foxy Management
    Bruce W. Jaffe/MG Engineering
    Henry Landsman/HLS Builders
    M. Melnick & Co.
    O'Neill Associates
    RBA Group New York
    Rodkin Cardinale, Consulting Engineers
    Sydelle Knepper, SKA Marin


    Special thanks to Grimshaw Architects