Abby reports feature-length stories on city and national policy. She is a former staff writer for City Limits, and her work has also appeared in The Appeal, Urban Omnibus, Dissent Magazine, Colorlines, Jacobin, YES! Magazine, Open City, and The Nation.
She is a three-time winner of CUNY’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media Ippies award, and a co-recipient (along with the amazing City Limits team) of New York Press Club 2016 award for continuing coverage on housing, the New York Press Club 2018 award for best internet political coverage, and the American Planning Association New York Metropolitan Chapter annual award in journalism. She’s also appeared as a guest on BRIC TV, CUNY TV, Bronxnet, and Brian Talks New York.
See below for some of her favorite clips.
For Striking NYC Tenants with Notorious Landlords, the Problem Is Not Just COVID-19
The Appeal, May 2020 – On NYC tenants surviving the pandemic in buildings owned by predatory landlords.
What ‘Defund The Police’ Means In a New York Neighborhood With High Homicide Rates And a History of Struggling For Justice
The Appeal, August 2020 – How Brownsville, Brooklyn envisions the future of policing and community safety.
In NYC, Momentum Behind Cutting the NYPD Budget is Growing
Jacobin, June 2020 – On what cuts to the NYPD budget could actually look like from the perspective of advocates and elected officials.
The NYC Community Land Trust Movement Wants To Go Big
City Limits, January 2018 – on the budding Community Land Trust movement in New York City and activists’ visions for its future
GENTRIFICATION SPOTLIGHT: How Portland is Pushing Out Its Black Residents
Colorlines, April 2016 – On Portland’s history of racial exclusion, and the way gentrification is further driving Black residents out of the rejuvenated city.
How Community Land Trusts Can Fix Detroit’s Foreclosure Mess
YES! Magazine, December 2016 – On a grassroots organization seeking to simultaneously address the foreclosure crisis and counter gentrification through the creation of a community land trust.
Urban Omnibus, October 2018 – On the city’s effort to reckon with housing segregation.
Amid Key Congressional Race, Voices from the Swing Borough on Donovan, Rose and Trump
City Limits, October 2018 – On Staten Islanders’ split political views in the months proceeding the Staten Island congressional race.
Community Boards Reflect on their Votes For, and Against, Bloomberg Rezonings
City Limits, February 2017 – On community leaders reflecting after-the-fact on the Harlem, East Village, Williamsburg and Park Slope rezonings.
Will Rezoning Cause or Resist Displacement? Data Paints an Incomplete Picture
City Limits, January 2017 – On what we know, and don’t know, about the links between displacement and rezoning.
Investors Move Quietly in East New York Amid de Blasio’s Housing Construction
City Limits, July 2017 – On the pace of change in East New York, 15 months after it became the guinea pig for the first De Blasio rezoning.