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Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City

Amy Starecheski

Abstract

Though New York’s Lower East Side today is heavily gentrified, it spent decades as an infamous site of blight, open-air drug dealing, and class conflict—an emblematic example of the tattered state of 1970s and ’80s Manhattan. Those decades of strife, however, also gave the Lower East Side something unusual: a radical movement that blended urban homesteading and European-style squatting into something never before seen in the United States. Ours to Lose tells the story of that social movement through a close look at a diverse group of Lower East Side squatters who occupied abandoned city-owned ... More

Keywords: property, homeownership, debt, New York City, squatting, urban homesteading, Lower East Side, gentrification, social movements, oral history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226399805
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226400006.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Starecheski, author
Columbia University