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Identify 5 locations you see in the exhibition.Write one sentence about each… specifically a fact that you did not know before today. Write one question about each of these places that you would like to know more about (or could use as a line of inquiry).

-Chinatown, in the 1870s Chinatown was home to over 2,000 people, making it the second most populous Chinese community in North America. How much has Chinatown grown since then? 

-Coney Island, in the late 19th century developers turned the beach resort of Coney Island in Brooklyn’s Atlantic shire into a hotel and saloon district reachable by streetcar, railroad, and steamboat. How many of the attractions at Coney Island were run by immigrants? 

-Bowery, saloons, dance halls, dime museums, and tattoo parlors drew out of town tourists gear for “slumming parties”. How did the people who lived there feel about the out of towners? 

-Harlem, The Great Migration brought many black newcomers fleeing oppression. These arrivals included intellectuals, writers, artists, performers and activists. What kind of political tension did this neighborhood feel?

-Tompkins Square Park, by 1987, 27,000 New Yorkers were sleeping in public shelters, makeshift dwelling became a common sight throughout the city. There is a picture of one in Tompkins Square Park. What was that environment/situation like to be involved in?

What are 3 examples of the artistic, economic, social, political, environmental, census or cultural data that the exhibition explores. Please indicate how the exhibition explores and relates the data to the audience. (What media is used? What primary sources/ artifacts are used? What language/ text is used?) Please take at least one photo of each of the three examples.

-Immigration, there are records of physicians examining groups of Jewish immigrants, a third class steamship ticket, and a pair of candlesticks with a bullet hole. 

-Mass Transit, artifact wise there is an auction ad, a photo of 238th-239th streets and white plains road in the Bronx, and a Jackson heights ad. There is also an interactive screen that shows the progression of the building of the subways. 

-The Great Depression, there are pictures of an unemployment line in Harlem, records of protests in Sunnyside, Queens and a sign that reads, “Unemployed. Buy Apples. 5c. Each.”

What is the most interesting part of the exhibition design for you? Why?

-The most interesting part of the exhibition design for me is the way it is chronologically set up for you to move through. The flow of it feels natural and it encourages you to move on to the next era. 

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