The City: New York Spring 2012
Each group will do historic research on a particular neighborhood before our trip to NYC on March 31st. This way you will have a sense of that neighborhood before you explore it on the ground.
First Step (for March 8th)
With what you have learned about working with census data during our March 1st workshop, use the census pages you have identified as a basis for analyzing who lived in your neighborhood, and how that neighborhood changed over time. Each of you will look at such factors as race, age, household size and make up, employment, place of birth, literacy, etc. for the households enumerated on the same street in one census decade between 1850 and 1930, so your group as a whole will have information on that entire period. Write a one page analysis of your street in your census and bring it to class on March 8th, where you will be able to compare these accounts with each other and think together about continuities and change in this bit of your neighborhood.
Second Step (between March 9th and March 30th)
In preparation for our trip, research the basic history of your neighborhood, you don’t need an enormous amount of detail, but you do need a basic outline of the ways this place has changed over time. You also need to think some as a group about how you want to use your time in the city.
Third Step (March 31st FIELDTRIP)
Use this trip to explore and photograph your neighborhood. Things to think about as you document your neighborhood include: life on the street, transportation into and around this neighborhood, the kind of work available in this neighborhood, the varieties of and relations between domestic, commercial, and communal space in this neighborhood, its landscaping and architecture, its public institutions and public art, its commemorative sites, the relationship between the old and the new. Ask yourself who lives and who works here and look for signs of resident and workforce age, religion, ethnicity, race, class. Because your presentation must have an argument, you need to think as a group about the particular things you want to say about this bit of the city and what images will help you to say it.
Fourth Step (April 24th—evening)
Prepare a 10 minute power point presentation to share you findings with the rest of our two classes. Your presentation should include the fruits of your historical research and photographs you took during our field-trip as well as other sorts of visual and textual information. This presentation should make an argument about your neighborhood.
Neighborhood project groups
Section 1 Groups are:
Lincoln Center [Leslie], Eunice, Anne, Samantha, Kearney;
Chelsea [Samson], [Justin],Shazi, Dustin, Mikey;
Greenwich Village [Dora], [Connor], Francheska, Katherine, Nazir, Geoffrey;
Times Square: [Matt], [Sarah], David, Haley, Jack;
Section 2 Groups are:
Financial District: Katie, Katie, Griff, Emmett, Will,
Lower East Side Leilani, Rebecca, Laurence, Alexus, [Amelia]
Soho Amina, Nicholas, Spencer, Ashleigh, Adam
China Town Porsche, Najela, Luis, Luca, Mike, Diana
Names in brackets will not be traveling to NYC on March 31st.