Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Museum Of The City Of New York September 17 Symposium Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy Co-Sponsored By Roosevelt Island Residents Association

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is an honorary co-sponsor of the September 17 Museum of the City of New York symposium titled "Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy".

A Museum Of The City Of New York representative sent the following invitation to RIRA Communications Chair Janet Falk:
... I would like to let you know that Roosevelt Island is mentioned numerous times in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy, which will open on September 17th. The exhibition traces over a century of affordable housing activism, documenting the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city.

To kick-off the exhibition, the Museum will host a symposium, “Affordable Housing: What about the Future?” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 17th. Speakers including Barney Frank (Former Congressman), John Banks (President of The Real Estate Board of New York), Rafael Cestero (President of The Community Preservation Corporation), Ron Moelis (CEO of L+M Development Partners Inc.), Richard Roberts (Managing Director of Red Stone Equity Partners), Ismene Speliotis (Executive Director of the Mutual Housing Association of New York), Saky Yakas, AIA (Partner at SLCE Architects), and Sam Roberts (Correspondent at The New York Times) will discuss subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity, neighborhood stability, and, most importantly, as a critical investment in the city’s workforce into the 21st century.

We would be honored if the Roosevelt Island Residents Association would consider serving as an honorary co-sponsor for this symposium and the Museum’s subsequent series of public programs around the exhibition....
Ms Falk informed the RIRA Common Council of the invitation during its September 9 meeting.

RIRA Common Council members held a brief discussion expressing concerns about remaining Roosevelt Island affordable housing following exit from Mitchell Lama program by Roosevelt Island buildings - Rivercross, Island House, Westview and Eastwood/Roosevelt Landings.

According to the Museum of the City of New York:
Affordable Housing: What about the Future?
A Symposium
Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm at the New York Academy of Medicine

For over a century New York, the most expensive city in the nation, has also been a leading provider of affordable housing and a laboratory for innovative housing initiatives. In fact, more than 2,000,000 New Yorkers have market rate protection of some kind for their housing — an estimated total that approaches the size of the population of Houston. Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan seeks to add or preserve 200,000 units. How, in the broadest terms, can New York City’s century old legacy of affordable housing be sustained? What will tomorrow’s solutions be and who will fund them? This symposium will bring together housing advocates, developers, community leaders, and city officials. They will discuss how to embrace subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity and neighborhood stability, and, not least, as a critical investment in the city’s workforce into the 21st century. "Affordable Housing: What about the Future?" is the kick-off symposium of our upcoming exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy....
Click here for more information on the Affordable NY symposium.

The symposium will be live streamed here.