Whitestone: Where’s the Poverty?

Living in New York is truly a privilege. There are opportunities everywhere, new things to see everyday, and best of all, so many different cultures surrounding you. This is particularly true when one travels through the five boroughs: Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Fortunately, I live in Queens, the most diverse...

Masked Poverty

For this assignment I walked around my snowy neighborhood, Bayside, and went near the begins of Flushing as well. What I saw on my walk around the most eastern part of Queens was the dying middle class of our society. Everything looks great from the outside but once you step in to different peoples...

What You See vs. What You Know

Starting at Hewes st., I walked down union to Bedford avenue, where McCarren park lies.  I often frequent this area and have made a few friends in doing so.  One of these friends is Christian. Christian lives a rather simple life, getting by on potatoes and day old bread from his friend at the...

From Jamaica to Cambria

Memorial in Roy Wilkins Park for Beyonca Bennett - Where I began walking Before I began my journey I mentally mapped out where I wanted to walk and observe. I started at the corner of Merrick Blvd & Baisley Blvd at the entrance of Roy Wilkins park (above image). This part of Queens is...

Measuring wealth in a few short blocks

Starting on Utopia Parkway across from St. John’s University at around 4 pm, I headed south alongside Jamaica Estates. This neighborhood is wealthy. It was too quiet. The houses among the hills were mansions; the cars were mostly luxury vehicles like Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes, BMW, and a couple of Bently’s here and there. A...

The Empowered and The Overlooked

As I walk through Corona and Forest Hills Gardens, I observe the individuals living and walking around both neighborhoods and examine just how urbanization, class discrimination, and economical factors influences poverty and affluence. The first attribute I notice when entering 71st Continental of Forest Hills Gardens is its large tudor-style and oak decorated houses placed in sets...

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