Golz Fellows Go Back in Time to Understand Better Today
Andrew Bastone ’22: An interactive map of the gentrification of Bushwick
Bastone, a history major and an African studies minor, uses a case study of a five-block stretch of New York’s Bushwick neighborhood to study how the region has changed over the past two decades. “I chose the neighborhood because, historically, Bushwick was Latino and black, experienced high crime rates for much of the 20th century, and was a symbol of the city’s dysfunction,” Bastone writes in his project proposal. . “Today, Bushwick is a multi-ethnic neighborhood, with a large population of young white hipsters and a corresponding sharp increase in average income.” He adds: “I also chose this subject because my Introduction to African Studies and Civil rights and black power courses piqued my interest in how racism manifests itself in northern metropolises. “
He plans to dig into the details of how and why gentrification happened. “Gentrification doesn’t happen overnight, and its progressive nature can often mask the cruelty and inhumanity of the process … a street music scene? Which bars and restaurants have moved in? “
At the end of his research, he wants to create an interactive, layered ArcGIS map of the five-block area, with buildings clickable to see their rental history, old photographs, property and sale data, and buildings. construction / demolition information, as well as excerpts from oral history interviews he conducted with current and former residents of Bushwick.