Author Archive | Rebecca

Park Slope UMP begins

For its eighth year UMP is partnering with Park Slope Collegiate to explore the history and issues facing the borough of Brooklyn.  This year the emphasis is on students learning how to gather and synthesize primary source historical research to inform them on how different neighborhoods develop.  So far the students have examined fire insurance […]

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A Snip and a Snap

Al Criscillo was a barber on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg for 54 years.  Starting in the 1960s he offered a free photo with every first haircut, the result being a large archive documenting Brooklyn patrons through the years.  The resulting collection of photographs is currently on display at the City Reliquary Museum  where they are housed […]

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Brian Rose’s “Time and Space on the Lower East Side” and UMP’s latest exhibit of LES photographs

Check out Design Arts Daily’s interview with photographer, Brian Rose, about his project Time and Space on the Lower East Side — a series of photographs capturing the Lower East Side in the 1970s and 2000s.  Rose discusses his connection to the the neighborhood, and muses on the constant change that defines life in the city.   […]

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A Neighborhood’s Star Turn, Courtesy of a Librarian

Seward Park Library’s Sean Ferguson, organizer of the Lower East Side Heritage Film Series, is highlighted in this terrific New York Times Article.  Ferguson, a friend of UMP, has worked with us to present “The Seward Park Branch and the Neighborhood it Serves,” to our students and supporters.  The film documents the LES neighborhood in the 1930s, […]

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Community Interviews – Lower East Side 2012

On April 16, 2012 LoMA students and neighborhood residents gathered at the Seward Park Library to exchange ideas, stories and perceptions of the Lower East Side.  At the meeting were representatives of various LES communities:  Long time residents; preservationists; journalists and photographers, and artists, all of whom had strong personal connections to the area.  Students […]

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Lower East Side 2012

Students at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA), and their teacher, Maria Zagoreos, have been working with UMP for the past ten weeks to study the history and current issues facing their school’s neighborhood.  After studying the immigrant history of the area, students had the opportunity to meet with urban planner, John Shapiro, from Pratt […]

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Photographer: Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein visited with our students on Monday to discuss the students’ recent photographs of the Lower East Side, and to share with them his own. Lichtenstein, a documentary photographer, is a native New Yorker who works on stories of long-term social concern. Over the last decade he has concentrated on photographing in America. The […]

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Video: What is Affordable Housing

The Center for Urban Pedagogy created this video as an education tool to teach students and community members about the true meaning of affordable housing.  UMP just used the video in conjunction with a school visit to the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LOMA) by John Shapiro, Chair, Graduate Center for Planning and the  Environment, Pratt […]

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Video: The Dark Light of This Nothing

We came across this video by Erica McDonald that chronicles that changes in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn through the impact of gentrification on long-term residents.  A very powerful and inventive project combining photographic stills and narrative voice-overs.  To learn more about Erica and her work visit her site here. the dark light of […]

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