The 2001 rezoning of 34 blocks in Long Island City gave rise to a development boom and brand new skyline that stands in stark contrast to the existing industrial and low-rise neighborhood streets. What does it feel like to be in the shadow of your own neighborhood? Guided by sociologist Steve Lang, during this walk we will engage with LIC from an architectural and psychological viewpoint. Participants will take a fresh look at both the built surroundings and their emotional reactions to the new landscape. After the tour, we will meet for drinks and a conversation on the surprising ways the city affects our bodies and minds.
Steve Lang has a PhD in sociology and is an Asociate Professor at Laguardia Community College where he teaches urban sociology and environmental sociology. His recent research focuses on the political economy of redevelopment in Long Island City and its impact on housing, work and public space.