Project Title: Exploring the Perspectives of the 4 Main Ethnic Enclaves of Northern Brooklyn
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Hirsch
This project centers on gathering and analyzing the opinions of members of the four established ethnic enclaves in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. While other ethnicities and groups of people exist in the area, the Polish, Italian, Puerto Rican, and Jewish communities are the most defined and easily recognizable. However, in the past 30 so years, gentrification has become a complex socio-economic issue in the region, while little scholarly research has been done in the area specifically. As a result, my project aims to fill this gap by conducting interviews with members of each of the enclaves and recording their responses in a scholarly manner, to provide a scientific, organized historical record to be referenced in the future.
Ethnic Enclave Cooking
Hello everyone, As has been long promised, I finally managed to convince my dad to go on an afterwork walk with me through the area, acquiring a nice sampling of cuisine along the way. Here is the result: First stop: Hasidism While perhaps not the most authentic experience, seeing as the proprietor wore a cap […]
Los Sures: The Puerto Rican Southside
Apparently, I forgot to upload this post, and had it saved as a draft all this time. Sorry! Hey everyone, As promised, here is part one of my overview of the ethnic enclaves in Northern Brooklyn. Beginning in the 1920’s, many Puerto Ricans arrived in Southern Williamsburg. This influx was due to poor conditions in […]
The One and Only: Polish Greenpoint
Well, as promised, the best for last. Though, seeing as I am Polish, there is a good chance I am biased. Polish immigration to Greenpoint occurred in three phases. First, some Polish immigrants arrived in the 1910’s, fleeing poor economic conditions. Second, some Polish immigrants arrived in the 1950’s, fleeing communism. Third, a few Polish […]
American Jerusalem: Hasidic Williamsburg
Hello everyone, I’m back! If I weren’t biased (and Polish), I would’ve probably covered this enclave last, since it is by far the most interesting. Much in the same vein as the previous ethnic groups, European Jews arrived to “Broadway Triangle” beginning in the 1880’s. Many were German, and most became secularized, with the community […]
The Giglio Boys: Italian Williamsburg
Hello everyone, I promise my long awaited post on ethnic specific food will arrive soon. I just had something quite delicious (perhaps Italian), but I need to do more “on site” research in advance. Regardless, I’ve decided to make up for my missed posts by discussing the remaining enclaves. Out of all, Italian Williamsburg is […]
Hello everyone, I apologize for the radio silence in not uploading a blog post last week. In essence, I planned on doing some photography in the enclaves, and getting lunch; the idea being I could incorporate that into my blog posts. I had some college stuff to do in the meantime, so I kept pushing […]
Done with paper!
Hello Everyone, I am officially finished with my AP Research project! Granted, the process to reach the end goal was more than a little stressful, owing to the inevitable procrastination associated with any assignment. Regardless, I spent the last 3 weeks fervently typing away, presenting on friday and submitting my paper on the deadline itself: […]
CRUNCH TIME! AHHHHHHHhhhhh…….. phew
Hello everyone, a lot has been going on. I finalized my data, completed a rough draft of my paper, and created a workable presentation for submission tomorrow. I don’t have much to add at the moment, though I look forward to both discussing my personal findings regarding the ethnic enclaves I surveyed, and providing an […]
A two week project recap.
Hello everyone! I’m sorry for not posting last wednesday. A lot has been going on regarding me and my project progress. Essentially, I’ve made good progress regarding setting up interviews, and beginning to collect a sizeable amount of survey and interview data, which I can analyze to determine the similarities and differences in ethnic perceptions […]
Hello everyone, time flies. I’ve been getting the ball rolling regarding interviews, and some other logistical stuff, all behind the scenes. Other than my grandma recovering from a serious heart surgery and thus preoccupying me the past few days, everything has been steady. -Till next wednesday, Stas.
An Update on My Progress.
Hello everyone, I just got back from Spring Break. As a result, not much has changed since my last blog post, barring some modification to the way I will collect my data. For now, the plan is to begin data collection late this week or early next week, and to go from there. Rest assured, […]
Hello, I am Stas. My AP Research project revolves around cataloging the opinions of members of the 4 ethnic enclaves (Jewish, Polish, Italian, and Puerto-Rican) in Northern Brooklyn, regarding their perception on gentrification. I will be conducting interviews quite soon, the results of which I will be publishing here. After completing the information gathering stage, […]