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At Home in Utopia | Documentary Film by Michal Goldman

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center, Starr Foundation U L102 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

In the mid-1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish garment workers catapulted themselves out of the urban slums and ghettos by pooling their resources and building cooperatively owned and run apartment complexes in the Bronx. Adjacent to the newly opened subway corridor and in the midst of empty fields, they constructed the United Workers Cooperative Colony, known as the Coops, where they practiced the utopian ideals of an equitable and just society. The film captures their epic struggle across two generations as the Coops residents experiment with breaking down barriers of race and ethnicity. At Home in Utopia raises issues of economic justice and race relations that are very relevant to the present circumstances. The film will be followed by a discussion with film director Michal Goldman and Ed Yaker from the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative. This event has been organized by Parsons Housing Justice Lab in collaboration with Parsons Graduate Urban Programs, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). This event is free and open to students, faculty and the general public.

Presented by School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Art and Design, Cities and Urbanism


Parsons School of Design, School of Design Strategies



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