Student Exhibition at Park Slope Collegiate

On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, Students participating in an Urban Memory Project at Park Slope Collegiate Secondary School, presented their work in a formal exhibition as part of the school’s Performance Night.  2015 marked the 10th anniversary of UMP’s partnership with the school, and the eighth year UMP’s founder, Rebecca Krucoff, has worked with co-teacher […]

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The Community Bookstore: The History of Modern Park Slope in a Store Front

Recently, Urban Memory Project sat down with the one of the co-owners of Community Bookstore, Ezra Goldstein, to talk to him about his experience of moving from Cincinnati, Ohio to Park Slope, Brooklyn, right in the middle of the 1980s crack epidemic. I, Reuben Jaffe-Goldstein, grew up in Park Slope and spent my entire childhood […]

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Our Street visits with UMP

An integral part of UMP’s student programming involves bringing in experts from the field to discuss relevant current issues.  Last week we were thrilled to host Aifuwa Ehigiator, CEO of Our Street, which develops low to moderate income communities through equity crowdfunding. Students at Park Slope Collegiate, site of our most current UMP, learned about the […]

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UMP partners with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy

UMP is working with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to meet GCC’s vision of creating an “open, clean, and alive canal watershed.”  UMP science educator, Ann Fraioli, is working with GCC  to create professional development opportunities and a series of in-class and in-the-field science experiences for elementary and middle-school teachers and students in the Gowanus area. […]

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Revitalized by Vitagraph

“Silent film studio? In Brooklyn?” My questions were in response to an idea Rebecca tossed out during a brainstorming session in January of this year. I work out at Brooklyn College, as an academic advisor for the Scholars Program of the Honors Academy, and wanted to design an Urban Memory Project workshop within our community for […]

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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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