We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing

Not on Our Watch!

Making Policy Public

Not on Our Watch!

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

Students from Store Stories

Students from Store Stories

Students from the BCCP collaborated with CUP and Mads Lynnerup on “Store Stories.”

Students from Store Stories

Students from the BCCP collaborated with CUP and Mads Lynnerup on “Store Stories.”

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 Street Vendor Project

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create ... more

Street Vendor Project

The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with nearly 2,000 vendor members who are working together to create a vendors’ movement for permanent change. We reach out to vendors in the streets and storage garages and teach them about their legal rights and responsibilities. We hold meetings where we plan collective actions for getting our voices heard. We publish reports and file lawsuits to raise public awareness about vendors and the enormous contribution they make to our city. Finally, we help vendors grow their businesses by linking them with small business training and loans.

The Street Vendor Project Collaborated with CUP on the Vendor Power! MPP.

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 Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ... more

Streetwise & Safe

Streetwise & Safe—also known as SAS—is a project by and for youth of color in New York City that shares the ins & outs, do’s & don’ts, and street politics of police encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and the police. We also stand for and with LGBTQQ and youth with experience trading sex for survival needs. We feel knowing your rights makes you more confident in protecting yourself during and after interactions with the police. We also know that the reality is that the police don’t always respect our rights but knowing what they are is important so that we can fight for them later. We also create a space to share strategies to stay safe from all forms of violence experienced by LGBTQQ youth, and advocate for policies that will change the ways police interact with us.

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 Students from Garbage Problems

Students from Garbage Problems

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny ... more

Students from Garbage Problems

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny Poutchkov, Elizabeth Sanchez, Francisco Simon, Geneva Eddy, Justyna Judycka, Leo Paulino and Lemar White

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Celina Su

Celina Su

Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and a co-founder of the Burmese ... more

Celina Su

Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and a co-founder of the Burmese Refugee Project. Her research focuses on civil society organizations, participatory community development and policy-making, and youth empowerment. She authored Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-authored Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failure of Urban Education (NYU Press, 2009). She is a long-time CUP fan, as well as a contributing researcher and writer to its City Without a Ghetto project.

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Sean Suchara

Sean Suchara

I am Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Image-Maker based out of Long Island, New York. I split my time between Art ... more

Sean Suchara

I am Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Image-Maker based out of Long Island, New York. I split my time between Art Directing/Designing the Independent Architecture magazine Take Shape and working as a freelancer in a variety of mediums and formats. In spite of the many hats I put on in my work my aim is always centered on making work that is accessible and educational, work that seeks to humanize and emphasize information and work that isn’t afraid to be made with play or humor. 

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Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae is 50% Amelia Irwin and 50% Nicole Killian. They met a year ago while working their design day job at ... more

Hot Sundae

Hot Sundae is 50% Amelia Irwin and 50% Nicole Killian. They met a year ago while working their design day job at Nickelodeon. After realizing they both had the same beliefs over Degrassi Junior High they decided to join forces to create a new super-powered design duo. Amelia had already been trained at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Nicole decided to do the same. 50% of Hot Sundae is from the trails of Appalachia and the other half is from the snow piles of Buffalo. 100% of them like kittens, ice cream, drawing, typography, and pizza. Hot Sundae is currently working with CUP on the Keeping Parks Public MPP.

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Kruttika Susarla

Kruttika Susarla

Kruttika is an illustrator, comic maker, and graphic designer based out of New Delhi. Her work explores themes of gender, ... more

Kruttika Susarla

Kruttika is an illustrator, comic maker, and graphic designer based out of New Delhi. Her work explores themes of gender, sexuality, and observations on the status quo. She is interested in how visual imagery can make or break stereotypes to form perceptions of what is culturally normal.

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Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, ... more

Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Founding Director of the Community & Capital Action Research Lab (C2ARL). Stacey’s research and teaching engages questions broadly related to social, economic and spatial equity within cities.  More specifically, Stacey examines local economic development concerns, retail landscapes, neighborhood change and community planning processes with a strong New York City focus. Stacey joined the CUP Board in 2011 and hopes to expand the CUP methodology within the academy.

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Marcela Szwarc

Marcela Szwarc

Marcela is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist. She loves being challenged by both creative and social ... more

Marcela Szwarc

Marcela is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist. She loves being challenged by both creative and social projects, and is especially dedicated to projects regarding environmental justice, women’s rights, and the arts. Currently, she is designing for the Institute of Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Her favorite color is salmon.

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http://marcelaszwarc.net

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Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in ... more

Alex Tatusian

Alex Tatusian designs publications, records, environments, and magazines.  He works on civic and social problems in New York and recommends you read Toyo Ito’s “Architectural Scenery in the Saran Wrap City”. He will gladly get a beer and noodles with you at Deluxe Green Bo.  

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Leigh Taylor

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied ... more

Leigh Taylor

Leigh is CUP’s Development & Program Coordinator. She is a recent graduate from Bard College, where she studied Sociology with a focus on Gender & Labor. Following college, Leigh has worked for organizations invested in social justice education for young people, specifically youth from historically marginalized communities. She is involved in movements of justice for domestic workers, incarcerated folks, and young people of color. She is excited to work with CUP to create accessible tools for people from communities like hers.

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Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin is a graphic designer based in Queens, New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Economics and Marketing, and a BFA ... more

Melisa Tekin

Melisa Tekin is a graphic designer based in Queens, New York. She holds a B.A. in Urban Economics and Marketing, and a BFA in Graphic Design. Melisa works with community advocacy organizations, small businesses, and corporate clients to help them build and maintain a compelling visual identity for their brands. Melisa believes that good design is an important marketing tool, and aims to bridge the divide between good design and pressing issues in her community through her work. tekindesigns.com

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 Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For ... more

Tenants and Neighbors

Tenants and Neighbors is the largest tenant’s rights organization in the New York State, with 15,000 members. For more than 30 years, through grassroots organizing, T&N has forged a powerful movement in the fight to preserve affordable housing, strengthen tenant protections, and sustain diverse and livable communities. They collaborated with CUP on the MPP Predatory Equity.

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Students from  The Big Squeeze

Students from The Big Squeeze

Students from The Academy of Urban Planning participated in an Urban Investigation on micro-units in New York City. Those ... more

Students from The Big Squeeze

Students from The Academy of Urban Planning participated in an Urban Investigation on micro-units in New York City. Those students were Antonio Capellan, Miguel Ruiz, and Christopher Viquez; with help from Marcus Carlos and Bernardo Nuñez.

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 The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal ... more

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, social work support and advocacy to indigent people of the Bronx. In the Bronx and beyond, The Bronx Defenders promotes justice in low-income communities.

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 The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund secures the freedom of New Yorkers who would otherwise be detained pretrial due to their ... more

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund secures the freedom of New Yorkers who would otherwise be detained pretrial due to their poverty alone. They are committed to challenging the criminalization of race, poverty and immigration status, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system. CUP collaborated with Brooklyn Community Bail Fund to create Bail’s Set, What’s Next?, a guide that helps bail payers understand the difference between the four types of bail, and navigate the process of paying. https://brooklynbailfund.org/

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Students from  The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from the BCCP’s afterschool program at Walt Whitman Middle School participated in an Urban Investigation on ... more

Students from The Good, The Bad & The Empty

Students from the BCCP’s afterschool program at Walt Whitman Middle School participated in an Urban Investigation on empty lots. Those students were Alex Frederick, Ragjay Green, Jeannegeilia Mathelier, Freddie Larry, Angela Weeks, Evette Drawhron, Latifah Shim, Stephan McKenzie, Lauson Albertine, Deshawn Lindo, and Shanice McBean.

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 The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a 501© non-profit legal aid provider based in New York City. Founded in 1876, it is the ... more

The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a 501© non-profit legal aid provider based in New York City. Founded in 1876, it is the oldest and largest provider of legal aid in the United States. Its attorneys provide representation on criminal and civil matters in both individual cases and class action lawsuits. The Legal Aid Society works throughout New York City to ensure everyone has access to justice. CUP teamed up with the Legal Aid Society to create Yours to Keep, a poster that breaks down the key steps in the foreclosure process and helps homeowners in NYC understand their legal rights and options to keep their homes. https://www.legalaidnyc.org/

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 The Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a United States-based 501© non-profit international environmental ... more

The Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a United States-based 501© non-profit international environmental advocacy group which was founded in 1970, the NRDC has over 3 million members, with online activities nationwide, and a staff of about 700 lawyers, scientists and other policy experts. CUP collaborated with NRDC  to create Breathe Easier at Home, a guide that lets tenants have the right to live in a safe and healthy home and how to hold public housing management accountable. https://www.nrdc.org/

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Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Weathering the Storm

Technical Assistance

Weathering the Storm

Bottled Up

City Studies

Bottled Up

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

What Up With DAT?

Technical Assistance

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!