3 thoughts on “UrbaNerd: East New York Tells its Own Story

  1. I spent some early years on Williams street, I attended P.S. 174. I remember some conflicts with the Black kids, but they were “Just Kids” to me and my cousins who were also the same age. A group of my Puerto Rican family moved to East New York from the west village, where they lived after coming from P.R. My family moved to Spanish Harlem in 1964. My friends and I traveled through the Back Yards, over wooden fences and alleys.

  2. Thank you for the interesting story. I have only one question. How much of a role did upward mobility play in the relocation of the changing population in ENY?

  3. In my families case it was the reason we left we the community in 1967 for suburban Huntington Long Island. I am a baby boomer whose family planned to move to the suburbs from East New York for at least 4 years before then. I remember the move coinciding with the rapid change of the racial makeup of the area in the 1960’s. However, the move would have occurred anyway. My father’s job relocated out in the suburbs, my mother wanted to teach in a suburban district, and my parents wanted a suburban lifestyle and more room to raise a larger family. I grew up in the projects South of Linden Boulevard which were primarily but not exclusively Jewish and Italian at the time. (early 1960’s) — and I DID have black friends over to visit on occasion btw. Although racism was clearly a reason for the change of neighborhood population for many, it was not for us and many of our friends and relatives who lived there.

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