Co-op City (currently in development)

DIR. PROD. SARAH COLT / SARAH COLT PRODUCTIONS / 2013

Co-op City is a David and Goliath tale of working class tenants, their landlords, and the banks that held the bonds on the largest housing development in the US. Built in the 1960s to keep New Yorkers from fleeing to the suburbs, soon after Co-op City opened in the Bronx, skyrocketing rents pitched its 55,000 tenants against their landlords in the longest rent strike in American history, threatening both New York’s then-fragile economy and the utopian dream of affordable housing for all.

Photo by Irving Savlowitz, 1978


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