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About Us

This semester we have been exploring our past along with the past of the residents of New York. New York is one of the most diverse cities in the world due to a plethora of immigrants who each bring their unique cultural flavor to the city and its neighborhoods. We had the chance to delve into and explore our own background and culture by writing about the places we migrated from. In the process, each of us wrote an immigration narrative that chronicled the experiences of ourselves and our ancestors in journeying to New York City. Along the way, we had the chance to research the migration of different ethnic groups in New York and sample the rich cornucopia that is New York City.

Check out our research:
Immigration Narratives
Walking Tours
Immigrant Interviews
Worker Profiles

Janet Veksler as told by Sara Brown

Janet Veksler has the ability to instantly light up a room. Her looks alone draw attention. Her hair is cropped short and dyed a deep red, curly tendrils spiral in every direction. Her nails, painted a glossy red, are long and trimmed to a severe point, and are often on full display as she uses lively gesticulations to enhance her stories. Her makeup- complete with penciled brows and a swipe of burgundy lipstick- has been applied with great care. Ms. Veksler throws formality to the wind as she openly and cheerfully discusses her life and work with an ease that could make anyone feel comfortable.

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I moved to New York from Texas in August and it’s been the most transformative experience of my life. I’ve fallen in love with the busy city, but I’m also homesick for the South. Before I moved, I felt very little connection to Texas; politically, religiously, I felt like an outsider. After I moved, however, I’ve felt a connection to the Lone Star State that previously would’ve made me roll my eyes and make a Rick Perry joke. Continue reading Texas