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Presented by our partnership with the Museum of the City of New York

 Untapped Cities Insiders, experience an evening of stories about creating, maintaining, and losing our spaces in a non-stop city like New York at the Museum of the City of New York. Featuring architect Eric Bunge, Dr. Mindy Fullilove, author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and moderated by journalist Tanvi Misra of The Atlantic’s CityLab.

In a city driven by the real estate market, where every inch of space is a commodity, it can be easy to overlook the personal, felt experience of having a home – and the daily struggles for those whose concept of home is threatened or elusive. Explore the emotional and psychological dimensions of personal space, home-making, and connections to place in a non-stop city like New York with an evening of stories and discussion

DATE: Thursday, February 28, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($20 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 5 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis. Must be 21 or older.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 12 PM EST

About the Speakers:

  • Zaheer Ali is the oral historian at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), where he records, collects, and curates the lived histories, testimonies, memoirs, and narrations of Brooklynites from all walks of life. A recent project, Voices of Crown Heights, commemorates and examines the transforming Crown Heights neighborhood a quarter-century after the August 1991 conflicts and unrest sometimes called “the Crown Heights riot.” Formerly, he served as Project Manager of Columbia University’s Malcolm X Project.
  • Eric Bunge, FAIA, is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia GSAAP and a co-founding principal of nARCHITECTS, a Brooklyn-based architecture firm founded with the aim of joining innovative concepts, social responsibility, and technical innovation to address contemporary issues. nARCHITECTS’ projects include the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, Carmel Place (New York City’s first micro unit building), and the renovation of Chicago’s Navy Pier. Bunge is also the co-author of Buildings and Almost Buildings (2018).
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, LFAPA, Hon AIA, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School. Prior to joining The New School in 2016, she worked for 26 years as a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and was a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Her books include The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities.
  • Annie Ling is a documentary photographer committed to intimate narrative projects and expanding a visual discourse. Her debut solo exhibition A Floating Population at Museum of Chinese in America featured over eighty images spanning four years of immersive fieldwork chronicling housing conditions in Chinatown, New York. Ling’s work is now currently on view here at the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition, Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers.’
  • Tanvi Misra (moderator) is a staff writer for The Atlantic’s CityLab where she covers immigrant communities, housing, economic inequality, and culture. She also authors Navigator, a weekly newsletter for urban explorers and her work appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.

This is the third event in the museum’s new series, Housing Tomorrow’s City, which explores the challenges and opportunities presented in the Museum’s Future City Lab, the interactive third gallery in the New York at Its Core exhibition.


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account, and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 2/14 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!

See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.