Tag Archives: white flight

Crown Heights and the 1991 riots

Crown Heights was subject to the same rapid racial turnover that affected Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie, and other neighborhoods in the decades following World War II. But there was one major difference: one white group in Crown Heights didn’t … Continue reading

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East New York: John Pitkin’s dream, realized

East New York was founded by John R. Pitkin in 1835. Although he was soon bankrupted in the Panic of 1837, his dream of a thriving community would eventually come to fruition. Continue reading

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Cypress Hills: it might as well be in Queens

“Here they are saved all expenses of incorporation, roads, and avenues; of entrances, lodges, chapels, and receiving vaults; of office rent, trustees, treasurers, secretaries; and of the perpetual outlays for keepers of the grounds, gardeners, artists, and embellishments.” – Jared … Continue reading

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Brownsville and the curse of geography

“Every New York Jew could feel certain about one thing: he was superior to anybody living in Brownsville.” – William Poster on the 1920s, as quoted by Wendell Pritchett Brownsville has at times been a place for waste-disposal, a tenement … Continue reading

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Sunset Park: once married to industry, now seeking a life of its own

For more than a century, the fortunes of Sunset Park have been tied to industry along the waterfront. In this way, its relationship is similar to that of Wallabout with the Navy Yard: as the commercial Yard boomed to a peak … Continue reading

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From resort nights to white flight: a brief history of Canarsie

Canarsie has long been the butt of jokes, from the archaic term “by way of Canarsie”, meaning in a roundabout manner, to The Three Stooges and The Honeymooners. Its storied history as a resort has been overshadowed by the actions … Continue reading

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