Graduation Date

Fall 12-18-2020

Grading Professor

Anjali Kamat

Subject Concentration

Urban Reporting

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Already burdened with more sickness and death during the pandemic than other New Yorkers, low-income tenants and tenants of color are particularly vulnerable to additional harassment by landlords who seek to take advantage of the city's health and financial crisis to force them out. Brooklyn residents Delene Ahye, Dexter Lendor and Sonny Singh tell stories of their landlord, landlord agents and building manager’s harassment, which began during the pandemic’s most dangerous spikes in New York City. These forms of harassment included intimidation, abusive construction, constant buyout offers and biometrics and surveillance technology.

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Dexter Lendor and Delene Ahye in their apartment at 22 Hawthorne St. Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Jungermann)

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The 22 Hawthorne St. residence in Brooklyn, N.Y., following the Crown Heights Tenant Union protest to protect Delene Ahye and Dexter Lendor from landlord harassment, Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Jungermann)

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Mold and mildew buildup near the stove in Dexter Lendor and Delene Ahye’s apartment kitchen at 22 Hawthorne St. in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Jungermann)

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A new surveillance camera on the first floor of the 22 Hawthorne St. building in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Jungermann)



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