Category | Community

A Neighborhood’s Star Turn, Courtesy of a Librarian

Seward Park Library’s Sean Ferguson, organizer of the Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, is highlighted in this terrific New York Times Article.  Ferguson, a friend of UMP, has worked with us to present “The Seward Park Branch and the Neighborhood it Serves,” to our students and supporters.  The film documents the LES neighborhood in the 1930s, […]

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Community Interviews – Lower East Side 2012

On April 16, 2012 LoMA students and neighborhood residents gathered at the Seward Park Library to exchange ideas, stories and perceptions of the Lower East Side.  At the meeting were representatives of various LES communities:  Long time residents; preservationists; journalists and photographers, and artists, all of whom had strong personal connections to the area.  Students […]

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Lower East Side 2012

Students at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA), and their teacher, Maria Zagoreos, have been working with UMP for the past ten weeks to study the history and current issues facing their school’s neighborhood.  After studying the immigrant history of the area, students had the opportunity to meet with urban planner, John Shapiro, from Pratt […]

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Photographer: Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein visited with our students on Monday to discuss the students’ recent photographs of the Lower East Side, and to share with them his own. Lichtenstein, a documentary photographer, is a native New Yorker who works on stories of long-term social concern. Over the last decade he has concentrated on photographing in America. The […]

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Video: What is Affordable Housing

The Center for Urban Pedagogy created this video as an education tool to teach students and community members about the true meaning of affordable housing.  UMP just used the video in conjunction with a school visit to the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LOMA) by John Shapiro, Chair, Graduate Center for Planning and the  Environment, Pratt […]

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Video: The Dark Light of This Nothing

We came across this video by Erica McDonald that chronicles that changes in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn through the impact of gentrification on long-term residents.  A very powerful and inventive project combining photographic stills and narrative voice-overs.  To learn more about Erica and her work visit her site here. the dark light of […]

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Spring Fundraiser 2012 a Great Success

The first ever Urban Memory Project fundraiser was held on March 13, 2012 at Esopus Space in New York City. Over 70 people gathered to learn about the Project’s current work on the Lower East Side, view student photographs, enjoy refreshments from Lower East Side establishments, and view rare film footage taken of the LES […]

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