Author Archives: Dubouskaya

Darya | Questions

  1. What time is given before article will be open for editing?
  2. Formats of graphics supported by Wikipedia?
  3. Will it be possible to put a secure link to the open lab website as a reference to the first version of the article?
  4. What websites we can use to put there graphics that cannot be upload to Wiki?
  5. Can everyone edit this article on officially it will be created by just one person and who will it be?
  6. Can we add secondary sources references? (“forgotten New York”) reference to his book.

Wikipedia | OpenLab

.                                                  Wikipedia                                                 Open Lab

Editors:                                 Ben   /   Michelle                                          Anna   /   Bibi

Writers:                                      Norma                                                     Mohammed / Kevin / Litz

Graphics:                                   Yyette  /  Daiane / Darya / Patricia / Mark / Will / Hyone

References/Links:                                               Nicoletta / Stephan / Carlos


Darya, Kevin | Annotated Bibliography : History. Built Environment

  • Abbott, Berenice. Talman Street. 1935 Digital image. Http://
  • “Farragut Area Evictees Will Keep Fixtures.” The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 20 Dec. 1946: n. pag. Web.


  • Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Study. New York: n.p., 1941. Print.

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PDF File: AnnotatedBibliography

Darya | pre-visit reflection Farragut Houses

Throw out the whole semester we were asking questions and in many cases didn’t get an answer. The biggest questions were hidden in NYCHA. Who else to ask if not people who were distroying old vinegar hill and building Farragut Houses. It’s them who changed Windows and who know everything about any other changes on the site. So many questions to ask!

What changes did they do? What building have being opened first? Were they changing the plan? Why did they choose this form for the buildings?  Is property considered to be public or private? Will be they open to give some pieces of this land to building commercial places? What do they need to improve there? Do they get all finances from the government? Does NYCHA have any constructions right now? How new projects are different from the old ones? What was their main focus on those days and is it today?

It will be interesting to look again at the site and feel the knowledges, to know how old are the buildings in Vinegar Hill and imagine the life how it was those days. I’m very exited about the project.



Darya, Kevin | Topic: Historical aspect of the Build Environment

TOPIC: Historical Aspect of Build Environment of Vinegar Hill area. What was on the NYCHA property before Farragut Houses.  Why old houses where demolished? 

I have learned: 

– common information of land changes from late 18th century till nowadays.

– map transformation. Old streets, alleys and small roads. Their conditions and history.

– names of the land, streets, objects

– commercial, industrial and residential changes on the land.

– images of the old land comparing to nowadays pictures

– process of demolishing old “slum” houses

– process of construction of Farragut Houses

– first tenants, rent price and applicants. News articles on this topic in 1946-1955.

– process of construction of Church of the Open Door, demonstrations.

– Farragut Houses renovations

Want to say:

We want to describe the historical changes on the land of Vinegar Hill and particular on the land of Farragut Houses. The condition of the houses that were there before project, their conditions, owners and quality. Why they where considered as a “slum”. What buildings were important for the area but were still destroyed.

Additional: I want to show the historical changes of the land in the Vinegar Hill area including description of streets, names, popular places. I want to go deeper into the illustration to bring the idea how it was to leave at that area in different centuries, how expensive was the land, where did people work, where did they live and where did they go out. Hopefully I will be able to connect topics from other groups to create a full picture of the area. I know that this idea will be hard for realization. I hope I can make at least some part of the work I’m planning.

I need to learn further:

We want to go deeper into the details of the history of the area of Farragut Houses, conditions of the old houses that were there before, their age, important names and constructions of the area. Changes throughout of years. Also I want to find more information about changes in Farragut Houses, what was added and what was changes.


  1. Research on names of the owners of the land in the 18th century
  2. Research on streets in articles and important places.
  3. Cultural changes.
  4. Image of the site back in a day.



Darya | Pre-Site Visit Reflection | Brooklyn Public Library

As a main div. of Libraries of Brooklyn which is exactly that neighborhood that we are interested in I’m expecting more deep sources about site that we are observing. It would of be pretty hard to find deeper information about Brooklyn in Manhattan but I think it will be easier in Brooklyn division. I’m guessing the most information will be in the books. I hope they have some collection of the old pictures that we can look at for our research.

I want to find more information about currently state of the Farragut Houses as well as time right before renewal.

DARYA | post- reflection on Urban Studio and visit architecture department

Architecture students brought new ideas to me about how I can differently look at the space. What I’ve learned from their projects is that open space is not safe and to make area safer it’s better to divide blocks and put more objects there. To make it safer they also want to build more commercial and residential spaces to make area more alive. Also i think it was a good idea to mix people by building luxurious and low-income places. At the same time all that projects were very modern but I really like the idea of historical district and it’s different from any other place stile. I was surprised how much work was done and how much ideas this student can bring to this world.

The Urban Studio visit clarified the idea of our project and I finally realized the main purpose of our research. The exhibition shows how beautiful and interesting we can present our work and make a good contribution into the data base of the New York history. The Urban Studio presented the history of one of the buildings of City College of Technology, the Mosaic Building. The exhibition includes 3D paper models of the area and architecture, historical timeline, pictures of the important  people who were working on the project. The story of the main element of the building, its symbolic and the author of it. It is the good example for us of how we can present our work.