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The Ambitious 1960s Plan of ‘Instant Renovation’ of Old Law Tenements

Posted February 28, 2020 at 5:05 am

With an ever-constant flow of stories about landlords upscaling tenements – and the resultant displacement of residents – it’s appropriate to revisit the little-known federal program of “instant renovations” from yesteryear. This housing rehabilitation pilot program began during the mayoral term of Lindsay, and seems rather bonkers. Essentially, a crane would cut through the roof […]

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Spooky Backyard Scene on East Fifth Street

Posted April 18, 2014 at 11:22 am

This week, native New Yorker Susan Fensten plucks another gem from her father’s outstanding collection of previously-unseen images. The shot in question is a spooky backyard scene captured at Mr. Fensten’s East Fifth Street residence (between First and Second Avenues) in 1984. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio at […]

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