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All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Berman examines the clash of classes, histories, and clutures in the modern world, and ponders our prospects for coming to terms with the relationship between a liberating social and philosophical ide...
Banned Books: Informal Notes on Some Books Banned for Various Reasons
Haight, Anne Lyon
Banning Cars from Manhattan
Goodman, Paul; Goodman, Percival
By banning private cars and reducing traffic, we can, in most areas, close off nearly nine out of ten cross-town streets and every second north-south avenue. These closed roads plus the space now used...
The Battle for Brooklyn: The Abuse of Eminent Domain
Levine, Bruce E.
An article about the documentary Battle for Brooklyn, which chronicles the fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood facing demolition of their property ...
The City and Radical Social Change
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Paul & Percival
Visions of urban life.
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Document accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011.
The Economy of Cities
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness
Home!: A Bioregional Reader
Andruss, Van, Plant, Christopher, Plant, Judith, Wright, Eleanor
A guide to the vision and strategy of bioregionalism.
Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars: Life and Culture on the Lower East Side, 1890- 1925
Tells the story of the Jewish and Italian women who came to inhabit New York's Lower East Side during this period of massive migration.
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
New York Transit Between Old and New Directions
IN ATC 74 ("Transit Workers Try a New Direction"), Marian Swerdlow described the fight taking place in Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) between the entrenched Willie James bureaucracy an...
Police Terror in the Big Apple
Scott exposes the realities of police brutality and the character of organized opposition in New York City.
The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951
Artists in 'the Photo League', active from 1936 to 1951, were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life.
Renewing New York: Against The Current vol. 151
An interview with Howie Hawkins. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party and socialist activist, ran for Governor of New York State. Dianne Feeley interviewed him for ATC.
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay
Engler, Yves; Mugyenyi, Bianca
A global ecological critique of the American automobile addiction.
Swimming in Shit : Against the Current
Why is it the case that in a city that is almost entirely built on islands – a city literally surrounded by water – are there so few places to swim and cool off?
An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines
This book uses oral history to discuss oral history. It is in memoir style, and delves into how oral history is done in such places as First Nations (Canada), Turkey, Chicago, Newfoundland, Peru, New ...
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
What Happened - and Didn't: Behind New York's Transit Strike: Against The Current vol. 124
Early on December 20, 2005, Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, representing some 33,000 of New York City's subway and bus workers, called a strike. When dawn broke, there was no public transport...
The World Without Us
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.
The Young Lords' Legacy of Puerto Rican Activism
A short history of the Young Lords, a group that used confrontational tactics to bring services and attention to the residents of East Harlem, or El Barrio, and beyond.
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Federal Theatre Project
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The Federal Theatre Project (FTP) was a New Deal project to fund theatre and other live artistic performances in the United States during the Great Depression.
The Hidden Rivers of Brooklyn
A look at the extensive drainage and sewer system under the streets of Brooklyn, NY. When pipes fill up and plants reach capacity, untreated water containg sewage flows into local rivers and bays. How...