Towards a 21st Century City for All Presents

Moving New York City Forward in 2014 and Beyond

Co-sponsored by the GC Advanced Research Collaborative and the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

Monday, November 11th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Proshansky Auditorium (Concourse Level)
365 5th Avenue (at 34th Street)

The conference is full and we are accepting no more signups. 
Thank you for your interest.
There will be a live webstream of the conference available.

Full conference schedule has been posted

Speakers & Panelists Include:

Darren Walker, Ford Foundation
Ben Jealous, NAACP
State Senator Liz Krueger
Héctor Figueroa, 32BJ
Bob Master, CWA Region 1
Rafael Cestero, Community Preservation Corporation
Kathryn Wylde, Partnership for NYC
Melanie Hartzog, Children’s Defense Fund
Shael Polakow-Suransky, NYC DOE
Gail Nayowith, SCO Family of Services
Catalina Fortino, UFT

New Yorkers have a wider choice about defining the future of governance in New York City in the November 2013 mayoral election than at any time in the previous decade. Public response to the campaigns shows that New Yorkers care about addressing NYC’s growing inequality while making sure the city is governed effectively and inclusively.

This is the core thesis of Towards a 21st Century City for All, an initiative of the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center. We convened a diverse network of stakeholders to develop an ambitious yet practical vision to help New York City achieve a more just, equal, and prosperous future. To this end, we commissioned a series of working papers, held a dozen public sessions in which community, non-profit, business and government leaders discussed and critiqued them, and the revised papers are now available online and in book form.

Join us on November 11 as we engage key stakeholders from a diverse set of viewpoints on the many issues facing New York in 2014 and beyond addressed by the book:

  • How can the next administration make the city economically competitive and innovative while ensuring that the resulting gains flow to and create mobility opportunities for the bottom and middle of the income scale? 

  • How can the next administration raise the quality of family life (happiness, personal fulfillment, balancing work and family commitments, and nurturing children) and neighborhood life (sustainability, safety, transportation, and public and private amenities) for all city residents?

  • How can the next administration balance effective public management with practical efforts to attain a more just city?  How can it broaden civic engagement in the work of government, give people more voice in shaping their neighborhoods, and empower people to come together to solve problems?

Full conference schedule has been posted

Note: we are currently at capacity with RSVPs but are accepting names for the waitlist.

Event Location

The Graduate Center, CUNY - Proshansky Auditorium
365 5th Avenue (at 34th Street)
New York, NY 


Enter on 5th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.
The Proshansky Auditorium is on the concourse level of the Graduate Center.
Closest subways are Herald Square - 34th Street B/D/F/M/N/Q/R Trains and 33rd Street 6 Train


The registration deadline for this event has passed.

We are deeply grateful for financial support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the New York Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and the Scherman Foundation. The opinions expressed in this work are solely those of the authors and do not represent those of the funders, The Graduate Center, or the City University of New York.

Cover photo by Susan Sermoneta.