In NYC, affordable housing is under attack. As the forces of gentrification move through Brooklyn, landlords and developers are doing everything in their power to displace rent-stabilized tenants — particularly in minority communities like Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, that have long been underserved by the City. Portions of this post originally appeared in two articles written for RentLogic.
Affordable housing is serious business in Brooklyn. Squarely in the crosshairs of gentrifiers, the borough — oft-celebrated, oft-condemned — is a rental market battleground. Portions of this post were originally published in two posts on the RentLogic blog.
I wrote for The Establishment about ball culture, RuPaul's Drag Race, and the gender politics of "faux queens" taking up space.
I wrote for The Varsity about Ontario's brief dalliance with banning BDS, the importance of free speech to Palestine solidarity, and why bad bills deserve to die.
In this essay, I apply a three-player model of instrumental observation to one case of documentation and performance online — survivor vlogs — to argue that information collection and consumer-user engagement with online content constructs legible narrative realities, making up categories of people and experiences.