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Manhattan Plaza resident Melinda Tanner is one of the original tenants of the building. She moved to the complex in the 1970s. She speaks of the ways that the neighborhood has changed. "Across the street used to be a porno theatre, nobody would ever come down here, which is why these towers were built in the first place. When the complex first opened, they had a very hard time getting people to move here."

Ash Marinaccio

United States


Ash Marinaccio is a multidisciplinary documentarian working in photography, theatre, and film. For her work, Ash has received a Lucille Lortel Visionary Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, been listed as one of Culture Trip’s “50 Women in Theatre You Should Know”, a recipient of a Drama League Residency, a NY Public Humanities Fellow, and is a TED Speaker. Ash is the founding artistic director of the United Nations recognized NGO Project Girl Performance Collective (which rebranded to Girl Be Heard in 2011), a founding director of the theatre collective Co-Op Theatre East. Most recently Ash became the founder of Docbloc, a new organization committed to bringing together documentary artists and storytellers from across genres to create live performances. Currently, Ash is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. 

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