Housing Brass Tacks

Past Events

February 12, 2018

What can architects do?

For our final Brass Tacks event, Panelists Susanne Schindler, Deborah Gans, and Jared Della Valle debated the possibilities and limitations of the architecture profession to address access, affordability, and inequity in housing.

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November 27, 2017

Community Land Trusts

In our 14th Brass Tacks discussion, Mychal Johnson and Monxo López of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards will detail the structure and advantages of shared-equity Community Land Trusts and their work to establish one in the Bronx.

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November 13, 2017

Limited equity for lasting affordability

In our 13th Brass Tacks discussion, Andrew Reicher, executive director of the nonprofit Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), laid out the structure and advantages of limited-equity housing cooperatives as well as UHAB’s work to create long-term housing affordability.

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October 30, 2017

Ins and outs of housing court

In our 12th Brass Tacks discussion, Jenny Laurie, executive director of the nonprofit Housing Court Answers, helped us navigate the labyrinthine Housing Court system, shed light on the prevalence and process of eviction cases, and explain what a groundbreaking new right to counsel means for New Yorkers.

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October 16, 2017

The opaque and unequal world of property taxes

In our 11th Brass Tacks discussion, deputy director of New York City’s Independent Budget Office George Sweeting detailed the inefficiencies and inequities in the city’s property tax system and their effects on owners and renters alike.

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October 2, 2017

Home-sharing or illegal hotel?

In our tenth Brass Tacks discussion, Patrick Tyrrell of the nonprofit firm Mobilization for Justice will detail the impact of short-term rentals like Airbnb on New York City’s housing market and why a broad advocacy coalition has formed to fight these de facto illegal hotels.

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June 5, 2017

How development works

In our ninth Brass Tacks event, mission-driven affordable housing developers Michelle de la Uz of Fifth Avenue Committee and Martin Dunn of Dunn Development Corp. discussed the essentials of the development process in New York City today in a conversation moderated by Jarrett Murphy of City Limits.

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May 15, 2017

Documenting the last projects

In our eighth Brass Tacks event, we discussed social experiment of replacing high-rise public housing with mixed-income communities in Chicago through a screening of Ronit Bezalel’s 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green followed by a discussion with anthropologist Catherine Fennell.

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May 8, 2017

Public housing’s future

In our seventh Brass Tacks discussion, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, the President of the Fund for Public Housing, detailed public housing’s unique role in the city and how the New York City Housing Authorityisaddressing the continuing public disinvestment in public housing.

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April 10, 2017


Representatives of the advocacy organizations Coalition for the Homeless and Picture the Homeless discussed homelessness as a symptom of our housing crisis and efforts to create permanent housing solutions.

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