We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City


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Opening March 26, 2015

Exhibition dates: March 26 – June 15, 2015

Interference Archive presents We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City, an exploration of collective action by NYC tenants for decent and affordable housing from the 1940s to the present. The creation and subsequent dismantling of the rent regulation system forms the backdrop to a rich history of tenant struggle, including: neighborhood resistance to urban renewal in the South Bronx, integration struggles at Stuyvesant Town and in Brooklyn, rent strikes in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the coordinated takeover of vacant housing during Operation Move-In, and repeated campaigns to renew and strengthen the rent laws. In addition to highlighting the diverse array of tactics employed by tenant organizers, the exhibition situates the fight for affordable housing within racial and economic justice struggles. Through these campaigns New Yorkers have claimed the right to live in a city that is integrated and affordable. The exhibition brings together materials from tenant organizations, community archives and institutions to present flyers, posters, photographs, newspaper clippings and audio recordings from past and present tenant organizing.

The final section of the exhibition, developed in collaboration with tenant organizations from across the city, examines current campaigns against tenant harassment, predatory equity, luxury housing, the cluster site shelter program, and gentrification-driven policing. With New York’s rent laws set to expire in June 2015, this exhibition showcases our city’s continuous history of effective and militant tenant action for housing justice.

Organized by Maggie Schreiner with Ash Bayer, Bonnie Gordon, Lani Hanna, Jen Hoyer, Karen Hwang, and Greg Mihalko

Program Series
A program series accompanying the exhibition will provide trainings to build the power of new and old tenant organizers, and connect participants with current housing justice campaigns. Check back here regularly for updates to our list of related programming.

All programming is at Interference Archive (131 8th St #4, Brooklyn NY 11215) unless otherwise stated.
Admission for all programming is by donation.

Screening and Discussion: My Brooklyn
Saturday April 4th, 7pm
with Director Kelly Anderson

Workshop: Strengthening Rent Regulation
Friday April 10th, 3pm
with Tenants and Neighbors
This workshop will explore the loopholes in the rent regulation system and how they cause gentrification in our communities. Participants will also learn about the current campaign for a stronger rent regulation system.

Panel Discussion on Policing and Gentrification
Thursday April 30th, 7pm
Introduction by: Christina Hanhardt, author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence
Panelists include Equality for Flatbush, GOLES, Picture the Homeless
This panel brings together organizers, residents and academics to discuss the intersections between policing and housing policy. Topics include policing in public housing, in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, and of people experiencing marginal housing.

Workshop: Know Your Rights for Tenants
Wednesday May 6th, 7pm
with Mario Mazzoni (Penn South Mutual Redevelopment Houses)
This workshop will give an overview of the basic rights for all NYC tenants. Learn about how to determine what type of housing you live in, and how to fight for your rights as a tenant.

Housing Justice in NYC: Tenant Organizers in Conversation
Saturday May 16th, 4pm
***Location: Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library, Info Commons Lab
with: CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Community Action for Safe Apartments,Cooper Square Committee, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Equality for Flatbush, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Met Council on Housing, Tenants and Neighbors
Please join us for an informal conversation with tenant organizers and leaders from across the city. This event is an opportunity to learn about what is happening in different neighborhoods, as well as getting to know the organizations and individuals fighting for housing justice in NYC.

Open House and Curator Tour
Saturday May 30th, 1pm
Please join us for an open house of the exhibition, and a tour with the curators starting at 2pm.

                                                              PAST EVENTS

Please join us this Wednesday, December 17, at 5 pm as NYU’s Public History students present their research on Greenwich Village history!

Location: King Juan Carlos Building

53 Washington Square South

First Floor Screening Room

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (A.R.T.) is pleased to announce its: 

~Fall 2014 Student Social~

Are you an archives student, or considering a career in archives, located in the greater New York metropolitan area?

Are you seeking educational advice, career guidance, or mentoring options with experienced professionals?

The A.R.T. Membership Committee and the Mentoring Program co-chairs invite you to participate in an event geared towards providing targeted opportunities for discussion, networking, and developing enriching connections for A.R.T. student members and new professionals. Participants can also learn more about A.R.T.’s Mentoring Program and will be able to sign up for this exciting resource.

We look forward to welcoming you!!

Date:   Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time:  6:30 – 7:15 Social

            7:15 – 7:45: Discussion of A.R.T. opportunities

            7:45 – 8:30: Panel Discussion with Mentors

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Directions:  N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, or 6 trains to 14th Street-Union Square; F or M trains to 14th Street;  1, 2, or 3 trains  to 14th Street; or A, C, or E trains to 14th Street

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This weekend the Red Hook Film Festival will debut, “Red Hook Lost and Found,” a short, documentary film by APH alum, Connor Gaudet. In this documentary, Red Hook resident and historian, Connor Gaudet sets out to find Red Hook’s original coastline through a comparative study of historic maps, texts, objects and the landscape itself, debunking historical neighborhood legends and making some interesting discoveries in the process.

For more information on Connor’s film and the Red Hook Film Festival visit the Festival’s website:

Hope to see you there!!!

Militarism, police violence, and Indigenous struggle in Hawaiʻi

Friday, September 26, 2014

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
55 Hester Street

What is the role of Hawaiʻi in US projects for global military and economic dominance? What do ongoing struggles for decolonization and independence in Hawaiʻi look like? How are Honolulu, Ferguson, and New York City connected, and how do we draw connections between racial justice movements in New York City and Indigenous struggles in Hawaiʻi?

$10 suggested donation for the family of Kollin Elderts; no one will be turned away. 

DETAILSCo-sponsored by CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, BAYAN, Asia Pacific Not 4 Sale coalition, Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies at NYU, CUNY Graduate Center Space-Time Research Collective, Women of Color Network, Asociacán de Estudiantes Latinxa y Latinx Americanxs, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

New York Memorial Service for Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam C. Powell Boulevard

The Kochiyama Family is hosting memorial services in celebration of the life of Yuri Kochiyama. These events are open to the public. Feel free to share, forward, and post details for the New York memorial service.


Opening Reception for Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office

Curated by Noah Fuller and John Kuo Wei Tchen
Associate Curator: Mark Tseng Putterman

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A/P/A Institute at NYU, Gallery
8 Washington Mews

An immersive re-imagining of the now-defunct Long Island facility, Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Officetransports visitors to the epicenter of American eugenics research and propaganda.

From field reports on mixed-race “’Mongrel Virginians” to interviews with the incarcerated “criminally insane,” these reproduced eugenics files recall how early eugenicists channeled Progressive Era ideals of social progress and state management towards the pursuit of “race betterment” and the defense of Anglo-American racial purity.

Haunted Files traces the histories of American “scientific racism”—from early anti-Asian legislation to eugenics hysteria—that set the stage for modern American paranoia. Out of the buried archives, these “relics” of eugenics confront us with the legacy that continues to trouble national conversations about race, immigration, intelligence, norms, and belonging.


Image: Courtesy of the American Philosophical Society.


Friday, September 26, 2014
Militarism, police violence, and Indigenous struggle in Hawaiʻi
at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Opening Reception forHaunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office
at A/P/A


All of the discussion groups listed below will take place at the CMEP Lounge, NYU Kimmel Center 806 (60 Washington Square South).

Unpacking Whiteness
Every other Wednesdayfrom September 24-December 3, 2014
A dialogue on deconstructing white privilege and working towards solidarity.
DETAILS + RSVPBlurring the Color Lines
Every other Thursdayfrom September 25-December 4, 2014
A dynamic and supportive conversation on race, oppression, and solidarity.

Third Culture Kid Meet-Ups
Every other Monday fromSeptember 29-December 8, 2014

APH Event: A Discussion with Annie Polland, Senior Director of Education and Programs at the Tenement Museum.

Come to a discussion with Dr. Annie Polland, Senior Director of Education and Programs at the Tenement Museum.  Dr. Polland will discuss “Foregrounding Women and Gender in Public History.”

Dr. Annie Polland at the Tenement Museum


This meeting will be held on Monday 29 September, 12.30-2pm in KJCC Room 701. Please save the date and RSVP to Light refreshments will be served.


Urban Humanities: A Symposium on Research Development, Digital Archives, and Documentary Practices

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Humanities Initiative at New York University

20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

New York, New York 10003

What new opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration do digital tools afford scholars working with archival sources?    How might new digital tools make the history, art, and culture in New York City visible in new ways, to new publics?

12:30 – 2:45 PM  Cultural Geography and Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Roundtable on Digital Methods

Seating is strictly limited to graduate students for this event; interested students should contact graduate co-organizers Blevin Shelnutt and Kristen Highland to join the roundtable at

3:00 – 4:45PM Digital Archives and Public Humanities

Chair: Peter Wosh, Director, Program in Archives and Public History, New York University

Anne Karle-Zenith, Digital Services Manager for the Metropolitan New York Library Council

Lacy Schutz, Director of Collections at the Museum of the City of New York

Donald Mennerich, Digital Archivist at New York University

Respondent: Jane McNamara, New York Council on the Humanities

5:00 – 6:15 PM “‘We won’t venture an opinion on the furniture': Whatever happened to ‘the queen of the homosexuals?”’ 

Choire Sicha is a nonfiction writer and editor in New York.  In 2013, HarperCollins published his first book, Very Recent History, a nonfiction biography of a group of young people in New York City in 2009 disguised as a history of New York City, or vice versa.  He is a two-time editor of Gawker, and cofounder of The Awl, a five-year-old online culture magazine.  He is a thesis advisor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Reception to follow.  This event is cosponsored by NewYorkScapes.

Using Digital Tools in the Classroom and in Research
February 11, 2014
5:30 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, New York
Sponsored by the Humanities Initiative at NYU and co-sponsored by the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science
City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America
A Documentary Film Screening with Daniel Walkowitz
Monday, February 3, 2014
6:30-8:00 PM
Jurow Lecture Hall at the Silver Center
100 Washington Square East
A screening of Daniel Walkowitz’s film will be followed by a question and answer session.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.


Everyday Lives, Ordinary People:
A History of East Village Immigrants
A Presentation by the NYU Archives & Public History Program Master’s Degree Candidates

Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Wednesday, December 11
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Free; reservations required
14A Washington Mews (between 5th Avenue and University Place), 1st Floor Lecture Hall

September 28, 2013

The Humanities Initiative at NYU                                                                                                20 Cooper Square                                                                                                                        New York, NY 10003

Click here for the day’s full schedule of activities, beginning at 9:30 am and concluding with a reception at 5:30pm.


NYU_DH Lecture: The Meaning of the Digital Humanities-May 1, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:00-8:00PM

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, RSVP Required

This talk focuses on one of the central problems posed by digital humanities: the relation between quantitative analysis and interpretive meaning. Liu reflects on the “meaning problem” in DH by closely studying an exemplary case of humanities “data mining” set against a broad picture of how such methodology registers changes in the contemporary humanities. While the talk develops the meaning problem around the example of literary text analysis, it also relates the issues to other disciplinary branches and methodologies. Cosponsored by the First Annual Goldstone Lecture of the Department of English.


NYU_DH Workshop: 4Humanities: Next-Generation Digital Humanities Tools for Public Engagement–May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Held at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, RSVP required

A workshop on the 4Humanities initiative to advocate for the humanities using digital humanities tools. Liu will focus on the factors involved in creating messages and methods for humanities advocacy, finishing with a conceptual map of what a next generation of DH tools might look like. The workshop will close in a collective brainstorming session on directions for development.

Alan Liu is Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Liu is co-leader of the 4Humanities advocacy initiative.


“Writing With Scissors: Scrapbooks as Archive & Activism”–May 2, 2013

The NYU Workshop in Archival Practice and Graduate English Department warmly invite you to join us this May 2 at 6:00 PM for our latest workshop.  Featuring a presentation by Ellen Gruber Garvey, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at New Jersey City University and author of Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford UP, 2012) with a response from Jenna Freedman, Director of Research & Instruction Services & Zine Librarian at Barnard Library.

May 2, 6:00-8:00 PM, 19 University Place, Room 222, New York University

For more information about this event please visit:


Gotham Center Forum: Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World–Wednesday, April 17

Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue), 6:30 to 8 pm.

It’s 1889, and the world is newly dominated by steamships, railroads and the telegraph. Two women take on the race of their life, spanning twenty-eight thousand miles through Europe, the Middle East, Far East and the North American frontier – for months, captivating the attention of the United States and much of the world beyond. Matthew Goodman’s EIGHTY DAYS: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World (Ballantine Books) recreates the true story of two intrepid women determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. Through meticulous attention to detail and years of research, Goodman brings these two trailblazers to vivid life as they face wild ocean crossings and freezing mountain train journeys.


East Third Street: Anatomy of an East Village Block–Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Co-sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation and the NYU History Department.

With a varied and colorful history reflected in its architecture, East 3rd Street could be considered a microcosm of the East Village itself. Religious institutions, community gardens, immigrant enclaves, public schools, and settlement houses are just some of the facets that make this street so rich in history.  In conjunction with GVSHP’s architectural resource survey of the East Village, students in the Introductory to Public History course in the NYU Archives and Public History program will present their semester-long research about the social history of this fascinating street. The students, each of whom focused on a different block along East 3rd Street, will discuss how they went about their research and will present their findings on the social history of the neighborhood.

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