Browse Exhibits (6 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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A Story of Many Stories


Christopher Quinones is Los Sures. His family has been residents of 434 South 5th Street in Apt 2 for more than three generations. This exhibition pays homage to Christopher and his family. Because before South Williamsburg became a gold-mine for real-estate and a destination for priviliged neoliberals, it had been home to thousands of puertoricans. Christophers story isnt atypical..infact it serves as representation for the thousands of stories that hasn't been shared, the story of those who perhaps were displaced by gentrification.

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"It's a Lot Like Manhattan Now"


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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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"I feel like I'm trapped" - Adelaida Perez


For Adelaida Peréz, Los Sures, Williamsburg, has been home for more than half a century. In this, she is not alone. South Williamsburg has been home to many New York migrants since the early 1900’s, though, in recent years that long-standing custom has upended.  As a city that is constantly transforming – metamorphosing, even – New York is no stranger to the effects and manifestations of gentrification. Gentrification, as initially coined by British sociologist Ruth Glass in 1964,[1] is characterized by the “economic dimensions of neighborhood changes,” which “goes on rapidly until all or most of the original working- class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed.”

[1] Mirabal, Nancy R. "Geographies of Displacement: Latina/os, Oral History, and The Politics of Gentrification in San Francisco's Mission District." University of California Press 31, no. 2 (2009). Accessed April 15, 2016.

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