Developments Hurt Renters, Says New Movie


For more than three years, producer/directors Jen Senko and Fiore DeRosa have been exploring the development of the expansive luxury-housing marking in New York City -- and around the globe -- and the dire effect it has had on middle- and lower-income renters. Through their short film, "The Vanishing City," they reveal just what kind of damage all those cranes have been doing, from Brooklyn to Queens and all over New York City.

After an exhibit at the Architectural League, the two filmmakers came face to face with a model of the city that included toothpick-like-sticks representing every new high rise being added to the city.

"It looked like porcupine quills, there were so many," say Senko. "More than 300 of them in Manhattan or nearby!"