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

Amy Starecheski


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Starecheski, author
Columbia University