I grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, one of the most diverse, densely built neighborhoods in the world.

Boutique shops now stand side by side with bodegas, and rising rents are changing the face of this once-affordable enclave. But the heart of the neighborhood, where some of its residents of longest standing still live, is the many public housing buildings operated by the New York City Housing Authority.

Join the Nation Festival for four days of essential conversation and commentary in the wake of the 2020 election. The ongoing struggle for racial justice. The future for immigrant families. The health and well-being of all Americans. The very fate of our fragile planet. The United States faces a […]

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