Why Christopher?

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I am Los Sures.

This is Christopher Quinones. Christopher is 29 and lives in Apartment 2 in 434 South 5th Street. Christopher is Puerto-Rican and Proud! Growing up in both "Los Sures" South Williamsburg, and Puerto Rico, Christopher is assure of his cultural identity and doesn't have a problem showing it. I entered Christopher's apartment on a saturday evening instantly introduced to sculptures and paintings of his, that reflect the Taino heritage in PuertoRico. Why Christopher? Christopher chose to have his voice heard. This is his community and his story is one of many stories. Gentrification is often told in a singular narrative, an isolated perspective, focusing on the influx of wealth in a once destitue neighborhood. With Christopher's story, we gain a more intimate glimpse of growing up in a neighborhood enriched in community and cultural identity that is rapidly shifting into a destinitation for young, priviliged, professionals who may not exactly connect or understand the environment they've colonized. Christopher was interviewed on April 9th, 2016 on a rainy evening inside the living room of his apartment. We spoke about his childhood, attending PS 250, playing in Lindsay Park, and feeling a bit different from his peers. More importantly Christopher shared his perspective on gentrification, one that isn't so narrow but rather multifaceted. Christopher defines gentrification as an invasion. "This neighborhood never got to be itself. Be its own thing. It got runover, money interests and white interests...honestly. It’s kind of sad. We never got the chance" - Christopher Quinones. 

Why Christopher?