LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
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Affordable co-ops in Harlem are facing foreclosures. The Community Benefits Agreement could help.
October 3rd, 2018
Turn down the 600 block of West 136th Street, and the traffic quiets. The buildings on this block are stately—columns at the entrance, elaborate floral pediments over the windows, swirling iron fencing on the fire escapes. Building 601 stands out from the rest because of the ornate cast-iron gate over its front doors. A detail like this seems like it might belong to a co-op on Park Avenue with a doorman and a valet. But this building is a co-op of a different kind—a Housing Development Fund Corporation, sold by the city directly to tenants in order to provide an opportunity for homeownership to low-income New Yorkers. Walk farther down the street, and you’ll encounter another, at 607, and then another, at 611. All told, this block houses six HDFCs, a total of 141 units of affordable housing. It isn’t just this block, though. Our own Community District 9, made up of Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, and Morningside Heights, is a hotspot for these buildings, home to about 150 buildings of some of the most affordable housing in New York City...
African Studies and Columbia: A Strained 60 Year Relationship
Sep 26th, 2018
Sixteen years ago, adorned in a striped, velvet academic gown, Lee Bollinger walked down the steps of Low Library—his first steps as president of the University. I wonder if the words of distinguished guest Kofi Annan, who spoke just minutes before, were ringing in his head as he walked to the microphone for his inaugural speech. ..
No Ethical Vitamin Consumption Under Capitalism
Sep 25th, 2018
After living in a self-imposed-but-doctor-suggested quarantine in my Sulzberger Hall double during a bout of the bird flu as a first-year, I found myself riddled with insomnia and in a consistently sour mood. A visit to both the Barnard’s Furman Counseling Services and Primary Care gave me a reasoning: vitamin D deficiency. My levels, according to blood testing, were low. It would explain the poor mood, the lack of sleep. I gratefully accepted the diagnosis, making my way to a pharmacy to purchase vitamin D pills. ..
Students were unable to change Lerner for over a decade. What was different this time?
Sep 24th, 2018
“A lot of the time, when people first come to Lerner … they don’t know where they’re going.” This sentence, pulled from a Spectator article published 10 years ago, speaks to my own first impression of Lerner. A few meeting rooms and some steel ramps spiraling toward ever-higher floors didn't indicate any concrete function the building was supposed to serve. I initially thought of Lerner as the home of Ferris Booth Commons and some administrative offices; later I saw it as a multifunctional space with some auditoriums and club meeting rooms. Yet through all this, Lerner never left me the impression of being a student center: a space where students freely meet and socialize; the epicenter of student activity on campus...