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Penn South Archive Project

Public Intervention (2023)

Who said an immigrant garment worker’s union could erect an affordable housing project smack dab in the middle of Manhattan??

No one.

But they did it anyway!

Penn South was built by the labor movement to provide affordable housing for working people within walking distance of their jobs. It opened in 1962 and has remained a beacon of the power of collective action to this day. For the past year I have been working with the good folks of Penn South to create an archive and oral history of this bold social experiment.

The collection and a short film will be online and available to the public in Spring 2023.


Please also see See You in the Streets, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Voices of 9.11.