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Our Inwood Community: Northern Manhattan is Not for Sale

Denise Rickles | Manhattan, NYC, United States

February 22, 2018. PUBLIC HEARING 0N THE INWOOD REZONING PLAN

The auditorium at I. S. #52 was packed to capacity and beyond with Community residents and shopkeepers. They spoke out against the Inwood Rezoning Plan.

The ULURP gives local community boards 60 days in which to hold hearings and then vote on the plan. However, their vote is only advisory and holds no grit.

Community Board #12 voted no on the plan with recommendations that followed along the lines of the Uptown United Platform, written by NMN4$

This exhibition highlights the actions and activities of Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale, a coalition of community groups, during a 7 month period. Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale was formed to challenge the Inwood Rezoning Plan presented to the Inwood community in early 2018. The Inwood Rezoning Plan was designed to change the ethnic and economic diversity of the community by building mostly market-rate apartments and several levels of subsidized apartments for low income families. However the subsidized apartments (MIH) are still too expensive for the families living in the proposed rezoned area. Since the Inwood plan calls for taller buildings then the local law permits it must go through a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). This is a 7 month process that follows a precise order of review and recommendations. The actions of Northern Manhattan Is Not For Sale is the result of the tens of thousands of volunteer hours engaged in thoughtful planning, organizing, scheduling and attending a gazillion meetings, and writing United Uptown Platform, a 16 page alternative rezoning plan. In the end, they lost the vote but not the struggle.


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My photographic work usually has a political agenda some more obvious than others. The difficulty is that many of the events that I photograph I also go to as a participant. I know in order to get the best photos I must pull myself out of the participatory role and make photography primary. Alternating between the two roles I lose out and miss moments, continuity, and opportunity. There isn’t a balanced way to do both well and yet I still struggle to do both well.<>


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