Browse Exhibits (3 total)

The Diaspora and the Ghetto: Gentrification and Housing Crises in South Williamsburg

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Based on and around an interview with South Williamsburg resident Mercedes Urquidez, this exhibit explores the different ways in which gentrification effects the residential lives of community members. Mercedes' oral history and scholarly research join together to explore the ways in which entrification produces both diaspora and ghettoization, displacing people and cultures just as swiftly as it entraps them. 


"They Don't Make It Beautiful Like This for Us."


This is an exhibit focused on the neighborhood Los Sures. The ideas represented draw from an oral history with a Los Sures resident, Edna Correa; my experience observing the neighborhood through New York University's spring 2016 class (Dis)Placed Urban Histories; and secondary sources. This exhibit represents one of many takes on the process of neighborhood change and gentrification through the brief contemplation of education and landlord/tenant dynamics within this section of Brooklyn.

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"Everybody Gotta Go Where They Gotta Go. Now Things Gotta Kinda Start Over, You Know…"


This exhibit showcases gentrification through an interview with a new resident, outside sources, and maps that show the waves of gentrification from outside sources such as deindustrialization, the NYC financial crisis, and the "Hipster-era" that has brought about large-scale developments threatening to erase the South Side Hispanic communities that has called Williamsburg home for half a century.

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