Part III: Gentrification and Affordable Housing in East Harlem

The rapid gentrification of low-income communities all across New York City has highlighted the wide income disparities among residents or, as current mayor Bill DeBlasio called it, “a tale of two cities.” Gentrification can also be described as the displacement of lower income residents and business owners as rents and property values rise. East Harlem is one of the few remaining so-called affordable neighborhoods in Manhattan, but it is quickly becoming too expensive for many people who have lived there for years. With one of the highest concentrations of public housing in the city these tensions are particularly visible. In this section, we discuss these concerns and highlight the work of two local documentary filmmakers, a community panel, and current news coverage.

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