Contested New York is a collection of digital essays that focus on several key points of socio-economic conflict, struggle, and tension in New York City from the post World War II period to the present. Our guiding questions were: Does NYC always “work,” and what happens when it does not? Our project was created during the Spring 2016 semester by students from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, Class of 2019, as part of the seminar course The Peopling of New York City.

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Affordable Housing & Homelessness

Emerald Cazeau, Sarah Fuchs, Rachel Hia, Dahlia Lieberman

Contested Turf

Emily Abrams, Beatriz DaMotta, Hafsah Khan, Brian Klein

Neighborhood Change & Gentrification

Ilana Blumenthal, Kayla Herstic, Radiyyah Hussein, Yadira Riera

Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

Ariella Kornreich, Rahat Mahmud, Ryan Rivera, Maria Saleem

Wealth & Economic Inequality

Angelinna Bradfield, Christine Franco Choi, Fawzia Shirzad, Cristobal Yanez

Instructional Technology Fellow: Amanda Matles
Professor: Peter Vellon