Category | Preservation

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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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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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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