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Brooklyn's Thirst, Long Island's Water: Consolidation, Local Control, And The Aquifir, Jeffrey A. Kroessler Jan 2014

Brooklyn's Thirst, Long Island's Water: Consolidation, Local Control, And The Aquifir, Jeffrey A. Kroessler

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The creation of greater New York City in 1898 promised a solution to the problem of supplying Brooklyn and Queens with water. In the 1850s, the City of Brooklyn tapped ponds and streams on the south side of Queens County, and in the 1880s, dug wells for additional supply. This lowered the water table and caused problems for farmers and oystermen, many of whom sued the city for damages. Ultimately, salt water seeped into some wells from over-pumping. By 1896, Brooklyn’s system had reached its limit. Prevented by the state legislature from tapping the aquifer beneath Suffolk’s Pine ...


The House That Miss Ruby Built: Conceptions Of Identity, Value And Social Relationships In Limited Equity Cooperatives, Jill Siegel Jan 2014

The House That Miss Ruby Built: Conceptions Of Identity, Value And Social Relationships In Limited Equity Cooperatives, Jill Siegel

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

My dissertation examines a specific form of low-income homeownership in New York City known as limited equity cooperatives (LECs). I examine conceptions of property relations among low-income urban people of color as they transition to homeownership in these housing cooperatives, as well as the role of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), an organization in New York City that assists renters in their transformation into cooperative homeowners. Using an LEC located in the Harlem/Washington Heights area as a case study, I explore how residents negotiate their new roles as collective owners, not renters, and argue that these new economic ...