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Daiane Bushey | Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Theme: Industry in Vinegar Hill, particularly focusing on the Navy Yard.


1- The City Concealed: Brooklyn Navy Yard (video)

Besides the links to the video, I also have it downloaded.

This is a short documentary about the history of the Navy Yard produced by Tom Vigliotta. I chose to include it on my research because it contains many historical images and an interview with a woman that used to be an employee of the Yard around the time of the Second World War.

2- Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Plan for New york City. 1969. A proposal. 3 Brooklyn. New York City planning commission.”¬†The New York Public Library Digital Collections.


This is a map of the Downtown Brooklyn area colored to specify the land use policy. That is a great resource because it shows how industrialized the area was by the time the map was published (1969).

3- How The Brooklyn Navy Yard Has Become The National Model For Creating Manufacturing Jobs (video)

This video appears embedded on an article published on the Business Insider Website on February 2012. The video was produced by Robert Libetti and Kamelia Angelova.

I think this is a great complementary resource to the first video I chose. While the first video focus on the history of the Navy Yard, this second video tells us what is currently happening on the site that used to be the Navy Yard and what are the perspectives for the future.

4– Snyder-Grenier, Ellen M. Brooklyn!: An Illustrated History. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1996. Print.

¬†This book contains a compilation of images and a study on Brooklyn history. In particular, the chapter titled The Brooklyn Navy Yard: A Mirror Brooklyn’s Industrial Rise¬†can be a good contribution for my research because it does analyze a pattern of industrial decline in Brooklyn in 1960‚Äôs. It tells the story of how the Navy Yard and other industries had their productivity peaks during the World War II but then closed a generation later.

5- The Struggle to Preserve the Brooklyn Navy Yard


This is an article written by Marc Santora and published on the New York Times website on May 2010.

That is a relevant secondary source because it adds the perspective of specialists on the case of preservation of the Navy Yard and information about the cost of the constructions and the negotiation with the city government.


Daiane Bushey | NYPL Post Site Visit Reflection

Our visit to the New York Public Library was really instructive because it put all the students in contact with physical maps of the Vinegar Hill area. (Before, we were mainly looking on digital versions of maps of that region). We had access to entire books of maps so,  just by flipping a couple of pages,  we also saw many maps from adjacent areas and maps from different decades. It was interesting to learn that those map books used to be updated just by gluing paper with the new information on top of the old maps. Also, it was really fun checking Google Maps and  contrasting it with the books, comparing what was like in the past and how it is right now.

Urban design studio class Reflection | Daiane Bushey

It was a great opportunity to hear the urban design students talking their points of view and to see their models. They approached some issues that weren’t even visible to me before and they purposed solutions for problems such as safety and lighting that would bring a massive transformation for the neighborhood. I think our class really beneficiated from getting in contact with the urban design students, who have a keen eye to urban development and are so much knowledgeable about the Vinegar Hill area.

Daiane Bushey | First (and secondary) Sources Post


1 -Brooklyn: An illustrated History by Ellen Snyder-Grenier (Book)

  • ISBN-10: 1566394082

2- Towards the end to be achieved; the New York city housing authority, its history outline

3- Brooklyn Navy Yard (Photographs glued together into manila folder to create detailed view of location)

4- Fail of House Regulation

5- Brooklyn Then and Now (Book)

  • ISBN-10: 191049657X

Daiane Bushey | Blog Post on the Future of Wikipedia

I believe – and I hope – that Wikipedia will continue to exist in the future. Maybe its “completely chaotic model” will need some changes and improvements. However, I think the main concept of Wikipedia, that is, a free, neutral, digitalized and crowdsourced encyclopedia, should be sustained in the future. Internal organizational tensions, conflicts between longtime editors and new users, as well as technological issues (such as the difficult of composing or editing Wikipedia articles through smartphone) are problems that does not seem to be completely inherent to Wikipedia’s model but rather problems that were developed and can be solved through time, as Wikipedia grows and evolves.