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Let's come back from the Covid-19 crisis stronger and kinder

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Across the city: jobs lost, businesses shuttered, and futures upended by a sudden, deep recession.  


And then systemic racism’s lethal, lingering legacy sets our city on edge – and, potentially, on the path toward a new future.


Remaking NYC: A website created by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, explores the causes, and presents solutions, to the unprecedented crises our city faces today.


It presents The New School community’s work to reimagine – and remake – a safer, more just, and more humane city in the months and years ahead.

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"Enough is enough."

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner. In New York City and across the world, individuals have come together en masse to protest the chokehold of police brutality and systemic racism in the United States.


And even as those protests mount, Covid-19 continues to disproportionately rob breath, and life, from New York’s communities of color.


As New School professor Deva Woodly articulates, “It has been a long-time in the making, but our moment has come. This is our opportunity to choose and shape a new era... The question before us is: What kind of society will we usher into existence?”


Remaking NYC highlights the ongoing struggle to create a city where all who yearn to can truly breathe free.

5 Charts that Explain Covid-19 impacts NYC

Urban Systems Lab


A comparative analysis of those testing positive for Covid-19 per zip code in New York City with race and ethnicity show how the pandemic is impacting communities of color disproportionately. The data released by the NYC Department of Health, broken down by zip code, shows 34% of Covid-19 deaths were Hispanic [Latinx], 28% African American and Black, 27% White, and 7% Asian.

Our esteemed faculty are presenting a series of lenses through which to interrogate the city, its inequalities, and the dynamics exposed by the virus.

-Mary Watson, Executive Dean of the Schools of Public Engagement. 

As the world grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its disastrous effect, experts across all sectors are systematically reacting and responding to the crisis. At the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School, a new online signature course aims to go further to  examine a post-COVID New York City, asking how we can use this moment of crisis to shape a more equitable and sustainable city?

The course, “Remaking NYC Post-COVID,” was designed by John Clinton, associate professor of environmental policy and sustainability management, and Mary Watson, executive dean of the Schools of Public Engagement.

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