While Long Island developed a reputation for affluence throughout the 20th Century, there has always been a parallel history of the everyday workers and servants who toiled in the shadow of that reputation. The economic boom of the war years and the subsequent population boom in the 1950s did not change that. [Read more…] about In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty & Housing on Long Island
In the 1990s, psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove came to realize that the “urban epidemics” she was studying had roots in an earlier era, when the federal urban renewal program resulted in the destruction of hundreds of Black and low-income communities.
Since then, many scholars have followed her lead, including urban planner Tanya McGee, whose recent essay opens with a description of how displacement combined with disinvestment has proved “detrimental to the well-being of Black families for generations to come.” [Read more…] about The History and Harm of Federal Urban Renewal Policy in New York State
A housing cooperative, or “co-op,” is forming in the Adirondacks in North Elba, Essex County, NY, on 100 acres of undeveloped land. [Read more…] about Lake Placid Housing Co-op Making Plans For Sustainable Community
The Historic Districts Council of New York City’s Executive Director Frampton Tolbert penned a rebuttal letter in response to Ginia Bellafante’s New York Times article, “Why Has This 258-Year-Old Mansion Been Left to Fall Apart?” concerning decay at the Morris-Jumel mansion in Upper Manhattan. [Read more…] about The Decaying Morris-Jumel Mansion, Landmarking & Affordable Housing
There is a familiar narrative about American suburbs: after 1945, white residents left cities for leafy, affluent subdivisions and the prosperity they seemed to embody. In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb (University of Chicago Press, 2023) tells us there’s more to this story, offering an eye-opening account of diverse, poor residents living and working in those same neighborhoods.
This week on the Historians Podcast, Tim Keogh talks about his book. [Read more…] about In Levittown’s Shadow: Poverty in America’s Wealthiest Postwar Suburb
Larry Samuel is an author and historian whose book Making Long Island: A History of Growth and the American Dream (History Press, 2023) looks at the development of Long Island throughout the 20th Century. [Read more…] about Making Long Island: A History of Growth and the American Dream
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has committed to constructing new residential buildings at Belmont Park in Hempstead, Nassau County, and Saratoga Race Course designed to provide additional housing options for the backstretch workers’ community.
These projects are part of NYRA’s multi-year, $40 million campaign to modernize and improve backstretch housing and facilities at Belmont and Saratoga. [Read more…] about New Backstretch Housing Planned For Saratoga, Belmont
As the 1920s advanced, the economy soared. But with that dramatic expansion came irrational exuberance and unchecked speculation: stock prices reached levels that had no basis in reality; margin purchases were rampant; banks handed out loans lavishly and imprudently; and giddy product production resulted in a vast oversupply of goods.
On Tuesday, October 29, 1929, it all came crashing down. This is the story of the Great Depression in New York City. [Read more…] about The Great Depression in New York City: A Primer
Begun under the Trump administration in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Student Loan payment pause allowed borrowers to stop making payments on their federal student loans without penalty. The payment pause was extended by the Biden administration several times, but widespread cancellation was halted by the conservative Supreme Court.
The end of the payment pause will have a significant impact on borrowers and is expected to lead to an increase in defaults on the some $1.75 trillion total debt from some 45.3 million borrowers. [Read more…] about Federal Student Loan Payment Pause Ending
The construction of Lake George Village’s first waterfront condominium complex is expected to start in September, on the site where King Neptune’s Pub now stands. [Read more…] about Lake George’s King Neptune’s to Become Condo Complex