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Panel Discussion: A Livable New York


A Livable New York: The Future of Community Green Space and Affordable Housing

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 AT 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Little Italy's Elizabeth Street Garden is a community sculpture garden with over 100,000 visitors a year and year-round free public programs. Currently, the City and NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) plan to destroy the garden to develop affordable housing, office space, and luxury retail, despite a proposed alternative site for the planned development. These propositions have set up a false choice between the community's needs for public green space and affordable housing, and reflect crucial issues with City planning and the livability of New York. 

Join community garden representatives, activists, and scholars, as they explore access to public green space and the availability of affordable housing in a constantly changing city through the lens of Elizabeth Street Garden.

The panel will be moderated by Kai Wright, a WNYC reporter and host of the podcast “There Goes The Neighborhood." Introductory remarks will be provided from Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School, and Joseph Reiver, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Street Garden.

Current panelists are:

  • Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School

  • Tom Angotti, editor of Zoned Out: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York

  • Raymond Figueroa, President of the NYC Community Garden Coalition

  • Charles Birnbaum, President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation


Click here to submit your question for consideration to be discussed by the panel.

Presented in collaboration with McNally JacksonElizabeth Street Garden, the Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management (MS) ProgramEnvironmental Studies (BA/BS) Program, and the Urban Systems Lab at The New School.

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