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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
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January 14, 1999

Deirdra L. Picou
(212) 863-5176

Cassandra Vernon
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Photographs by Larry Racioppo
At the Museum of the City of New York (January 16 - June 27, 1999)

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today announced the opening of Landscapes of Hope: Rebuilding New York City's Neighborhoods, a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, featuring 65 remarkable photographs taken by Larry Racioppo. From January 16, 1999, through June 27, 1999, the exhibition will highlight the tremendous changes that have occurred in New York City's neighborhoods as a result of the work of HPD and its many dedicated partners.

Landscapes of Hopefocuses primarily on the redevelopment activities in Central and East Harlem in Manhattan, the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, and Saratoga Square in Central Brooklyn. Racioppo's photographs vividly depict how HPD's affordable housing development programs have revitalized these neighborhoods and have restored some of New York's most beautiful residential architecture.

"This wonderful exhibit will provide the public with a better understanding of New York City's comprehensive housing and community redevelopment programs, and will offer an enriched perspective of the City's vibrant and prospering neighborhoods," said Commissioner Richard T. Roberts. "Racioppo's photographs of construction workers provide a captivating portrait of the men and women who are rebuilding New York City's neighborhoods."

Between FY '87 and FY '98, HPD has completed 14,402 units of housing redevelopment in Central Harlem and 5,534 units of housing in East Harlem. In the last ten years, HPD developed 43,413 units in the South Bronx and invested $133 million in this area. Almost $50 million has been allocated for investment in the urban renewal area of Saratoga Square. It will provide approximately 1,100 units of new homeownership housing, commercial investment, renovation of 140 units of City-owned buildings, and the construction of two parks.

The revitalization of these four neighborhoods are representative of the housing redevelopment activities that are taking place in many other communities throughout the City.

Under Mayor Giuliani's leadership, HPD has made a decisive shift away from City-ownership of properties, and has developed several innovative community revitalization initiatives that promote private investment and productive partnership. These initiatives include the successful Partnership New Homes Program, Building Blocks!, ANCHOR (Alliance for Neighborhood Commerce, Homeownership and Revitalization), and the new Anti-Abandonment effort.

Since 1987, HPD has provided over $4.5 billion to support the repair, rehabilitation, and new construction of 174,000 housing units citywide. During this period, the inventory of vacant and occupied units in City-owned residential buildings has decreased from over 86,000 to under 27,000. From January 1994 to June 1998 alone, HPD has made available 8,325 new homes across the City for working families. In the next four years, HPD plans to spend close to $1.5 billion in continued support of housing preservation and community development activities in New York City.

Landscapes of Hopealso demonstrates that successful housing development is a collaborative effort. HPD has worked in partnership with hundreds of neighborhood-based organizations and community developers through the City, such as the New York City Housing Partnership, Neighborhood Partnership HDFC, and the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). These three organizations are helping to support this exhibit.

Photographer Larry Racioppo's work ahs been shown in several solo exhibits, including an exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., entitled Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis Island(November 12, 1998 - May 2, 1999). Racioppo recently completed a year-long Guggenheim Fellowship.

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