1. Rats in the Hallway // Working class women of color and young white socialists in an East Harlem join forces against a private equity slumlord.
2. Seeing Green // Community organizers in Crown Heights and Flatbush clash with their community board representatives over zoning changes.
3. No Relief // Activists and tenants mobilize against rent hikes as the New York City Rent Guidelines Board prepares to vote on the 2018-2019 adjustments for rent-stabilized apartments.
4. Beyond Repair // With State rent regulations set to expire in June, a Queens tenant speaks out against the Major Capital Improvement program and the unfair rent increases it enables. Housing rights activists citywide gather to put pressure on Democratic lawmakers in Albany to pass a package of progressive reforms and eliminate MCI abatements altogether.
5. Wolf at the Door // As a Manhattan real estate developer makes arrangements to erect a new luxury tower, Ridgewood residents prepare for long-term resistance against gentrification and displacement.
6. Bushwick Rises // A local grassroots collective deploys art and direct action to fight the City’s proposed plan to rezone Bushwick.
THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK is a series of mini-documentaries on housing issues in New York City produced by Awen Films for The Indypendent.[
Director: Valerio Ciriaci
Cinematographer: Isaak Liptzin
Produced by Awen Films for The Indypendent