The Upper East Side’s Affordable Housing Legacy

Join Andrew S. Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, to uncover the rich history of affordable housing on the Upper East Side.


From working-class tenements constructed to house Yorkville’s immigrant families, to the innovative, privately-funded model tenements at the City & Suburban Homes. We will also explore the Cherokee Apartments, designed in 1909 for those stricken with tuberculosis (including expansive windows and balconies thought to curtail the spread of disease). Although Yorkville remains among the most reasonably-priced neighborhoods of Manhattan, our affordable housing legacy is at risk with development pressures arising from the new Second Avenue Subway.


Free for members, $10 non-members.

  • October 18, 2015
  • 1:00 pm