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Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971 

This permanent traveling exhibit in the Whitney Museum documents the ownership and control of urban space of the first generation of Shapolsky real estate development in Manhattan. The work highlights the properties and transactions of Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, which in 1971 represented the biggest concentration of real estate in New York under one group, and continues to be an active corporation and family today.


The properties of the group were found primarily in the Lower East Side and Harlem. The information was culled from New York City public records and covered approximately twenty years prior to 1971.

The exhibit lists about 200 properties that were purchased, owned and managed by the Shapolsky Family and has seen the inside of international Whitney Museums and The New Museum in November 2019.

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