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05. Using RECAP to evaluate the reading – Eamon Loingsigh The Power of Family Lore: Uncovering Brooklyn’s “Auld Irishtown”

The things that Eamon talks about in this article are relevant to my topic since he is giving information about Irishtown that later on became Vinegar Hill. This source helps on the research of my assignment but doesn’t fill all my needs. The author and the publisher are trusted sources. The author is a dedicated writer and researcher of this neighborhood.
Eamon comes from the Loingsigh family that has witnessed the history of this neighborhood, the changes area’s names, and the tough times that Americans gave to Irish. The currency of the source information is pretty reliable even though it was published nowadays, the content of it was taken by trusted sources like history books and family personal experiences.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle website is up-to-date source since it is dedicated to write the Brooklyn’s history and everything else that has to do with this borough from 1841. Eamon comes from an Irish emigrant family that moved to Irishtown, Brooklyn, New York in 19th century. His parents and grandparents told him stories about Irishtown, he read books about it and did research online. I looked up some of his sources like the book Gotham and I did verify them.
In that part of Brooklyn were known the neighborhoods like Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Navy Yard, but Irishtown wasn’t recognized as an actual place in official records. This made the author to write about it. Creating this source came down to his family, they told him stories about Irishtown. Nobody knew much about it at that time since the computers and internet didn’t exist, so it wasn’t easy to look things up.

03. Shirley Li – WikiGalaxy: A Visualization of Wikipedia Rabbit Holes

The name WikiGalaxy is beautifully given to the site and that is very true. I always end up clicking one of those blue highlighted words/links and like many of us I become dependent of the Rabbit Holes. The latest that I was captivated by the Rabbit Hole was when I was reading about Vinegar Hill and Brooklyn. I kept clicking on the highlighted words and it took me by surprise somewhere completely different from what I was supposed to be focused on. So that’s the funny part, that for that first assignment it took me a lot more time then the two preceding assignments combined. The time was longer but worth it since I got to learn stuff that I never heard before or stuff that I always wanted to read about. So my conclusion is that if you have a deadline you should force yourself not to be prey of Rabbit Hole, otherwise open your horizon by clicking those links that interest you.

Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and Brooklyn

When I think about the evolution of Brooklyn, after reading all of the information on the Wikipedia webpages, I wonder about the next step in its evolution. Will there be a next step that may even lead to a reversal towards a more environmentally friendly/sound plan, such as reestablishing ponds, lakes, wetlands, and forested areas? Will this development of a city be a predictor about if a city will be the end result of a developing community? Is it an example about how the future of the world will be like? Will there be a shift in the way that humans normally develop their communities, or will there always be the same variables in this “formula” for being a model for city planners to follow?

01. The reflection on the borough of Brooklyn and its neighborhoods Vinegar Hill, Downtown and Dumbo.

After the readings I found out that Brooklyn has so much history to offer by reading, but most interesting by visiting its neighborhoods and feel the past. It amazing how they have been able to keep this historic areas untouched until now days like Vinegar Hill neighborhood. I can’t say the same about Dumbo and Downtown Brooklyn since they have been modernized and very expensive, but some part of this neighborhoods are kept the same old way. One of the things that surprised me about Brooklyn was that it’s the second most densely populated boroughs not just in New York State, but in whole United States. Another surprising thing to me was that the name Breuckelen (Brooklyn) came from a Dutch farmer in 1646. Can’t wait to learn more about Brooklyn and looks like this class will do this in details.

Brooklyn neighborhood Reflection 1 on Vinegar Hill, Rambo, Dumbo and Downtown.

First article about vinegar hill was really eye opener for me, i felt ashamed because i didn’t know about vinegar hill at all till now. At least  now i know that where i am living right now was also part of vinegar hill. Second thing i learned from these article is about new neighborhood rambo, i never heard this before, surprisingly i am living in brooklyn since 2009. Its just so amazing to me that every neighborhood is totally different from one another, that is the one thing i really love about brooklyn, for example i live in Midwood once i went to Bushwick and i thought i am in different state, unfortunately i was still in brooklyn. These articles really showed what i had in my mind about the rich diversity of Brooklyn.

Reflection #1: Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn, and Dumbo

Class of 2/1

While reading through these Wikipedia articles on Brooklyn several things caught my attention. First, while reading the page on Vinegar Hill I had found it interesting how a small portion of the borough has been able to retract from modernization of its streets, sidewalk and small housing structures. These parts of the neighborhood date back to the early 1800’s and play a vital role in the the history and aura of this area in Brooklyn. It shows people they don’t need to watch television or browse the internet to get a glimpse of how life looked many years before they were born, They can walk outside and see things though the eyes of someone who lived more than a century ago and witness history in front of them. Second, while reading the page on Brooklyn I had found it interesting and notable information that Brooklyn was not considered a borough of New York until nearing the closing of the 19th century. I found that interesting because it shows how young our city really is. I guess this information strikes me as thought provoking because I am looking at it from a scientific standpoint. Lastly, while reading the page on Downtown Brooklyn I had never known this area held safe houses for slaves during the 19th century. I had also found it interesting to learn how the Brooklyn Academy of Music played a vital role in keeping Brooklyn’s economy strong in the face of deterioration.

Reflection #1: Brooklyn – Downtown, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO

While the urbanization and gentrification of Brooklyn, particularly DUMBO has been apparent in the past decade, I was pleased to find such an array of rich history in the borough of Brooklyn in these articles. I was intrigued by the historical background of Brooklyn, as the name originated from the “Breukelen” (Dutch) settlement. Other familiar names were present, such as Boswijck, (Bushwick) and Gravesende (Gravesend) both of which were dutch towns in the 17th century. The name Canarsie was also present in the Vinegar Hill article, as Canarsee Indians prior to the colonial era.

The Brooklyn page is the most informative, as it offers extensive information on the Colonial Era, Post colonial Era, Government and Politics, Demographics, Attractions etc. That page is the most comprehensive, whereas both Vinegar Hill and Dumbo were a little short in terms of demographics and use. I also wish that there were more historical maps included in these articles (I was surprised to find that the Downtown Brooklyn page excluded a map)

Brooklyn Wikipedia Reflection

While reading the wikipedia articles I found many interesting facts. One thing that really stood out to me was that Brooklyn is the most populated borough. You would think Manhattan would be but Brooklyn consists of about 2,621,793 people while Manhattan consists of about 1,636,268. I also loved reading about Vinegar Hill and finding the different boundaries that were sold to different settlers. It was very interesting to read due to the familiarity of the boundaries. It was also interesting to learn the previous names of the now familiar places such as Rinnegokonk is now the Wallabout Bay. I also found that DUMBO is “Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood, as well as New York City’s fourth richest community overall.” The wikipedia articles were well written and understood but definitely still need to be fact checked.

First Word Reflection: Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo

The history of Vinegar Hill was interesting, reading about the people that have been there, and how the land has been passed on was quite something. Although I did know a little about the history of Brooklyn, it was nice to learn so much more about the borough I dearly love.  I always saw Downtown Brooklyn as a version of Manhattan, and this reading confirmed it. Up until now, I actually wasn’t all that familiar with Dumbo even though I heard about it, I never paid it any attention. Overall, reading about the history of Brooklyn was an eye opener.