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Uncovering the Secrets of New York City's Streets

 Standing, Back Row, from Left: Nicole, Tamar, Amanda, Nora, Aliza, Dassa, Theresa, Josh, Oliver, Alex, Yusuf, Rachel.   Standing, Front Row: Brigida, Sheri, Jamila.   Sitting: Christine, Janice, Catherine, Eva, Janelle, Justin.   Hiding: Sandra, Prof. Jocelyn, and Tech Fellow Jennifer.
Welcome to the Streets project! As a group of street savvy New Yorkers representing Brooklyn College, we zoomed in on a few paths in New York’s five boroughs, and selected intriguing sites that held personal significance to us. Some chose ordinary, residential streets, only to discover rich histories of gambling and real estate speculation, the porous borders of immigration, racial divisions and inequalities, revolutionary intrigues, and community tragedies that enveloped New York neighbors in common cause. Others chose streets with flashy nightclubs, buildings splattered with artwork, or schools, houses, parks, and cemeteries for which we hold a particular memory or fondness. Peeling back the layers of time, we discovered histories of New York’s industrial past, deeply moving stories involving struggle and protest, and important stories about the diverse people who lived here long before we arrived on the scene.

Click on the links below to join us on journeys we took throughout New York City, and check out the diverse sets of people we met along the way.

The Peopling of New York
Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College
Seminar 2 / Spring 2009
Prof. Jocelyn Wills
ITF: Jennifer Griffith