Life in Wanderlust

Stuyvesant Town
January 20, 2012, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Urbanism

via Tropolism

A recent trip to Stuyvesant Town left me intrigued and interested in learning more about the housing development. I headed to Stuy Town with an incomplete address to look at a sublet. I figured I would find the place when I arrived, not realizing that there are 110 apartment buildings. As I wandered around the complexes, I wondered about the current state and conceptions of this urban renewal project. There was a diverse population in terms of age and ethnicity, and I saw a fountain, playground and basketball courts.

The housing project was originally developed by Robert Moses to accomodate the post World War II population growth. I can see how the buildings were once seen as a bit of an urban utopia in the post war era- an affordable and homogenous neighborhood to raise a family. However as I searched for my destination, I discovered a lack of vitality or personality from the neighborhood. The duplicate apartment structures made it difficult to navigate and there wasn’t much to see or do. Unfortunately, I was unable to view the apartment (which could have changed my attitude about Stuy Town).

Also, here’s an article about the “100 Most Powerless New Yorkers” where Tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village rank 43rd.


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