Students at Secondary School for Research Document A Changing Brooklyn

Seniors at the Secondary School for Research and their teacher, Michael Salak, collaborated with Urban Memory Project in the Fall semester of the 2010/11 school year to consider changes both subtle and sudden occurring in the Brooklyn landscape. Students studied a variety of issues facing the borough, including new development projects in Coney Island and Atlantic Yards; environmental challenges in Gowanus; and the gentrification of Park Slope, before turning a critical lens to their own communities. The result of the students’ exploration and documentation was a week-long exhibition at the Secondary School for Research of the students’ photographs, writing, video and multi-media projects expressing what they believe to be the greater good for Brooklyn.

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