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Brooklyn Collection visit on Thursday, October 4

This Thursday, October 4 we meet at the Brooklyn Collection, 2nd floor of the Brooklyn Public Library, Central library at Grand Army Plaza, at 3pm (from the college, you can take the B41 bus, the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, or the B/Q to 7th Avenue). The purpose of Thursday’s research visit is to learn about a range of primary sources documenting the history of the Barclays Center and surrounding neighborhoods and begin to explore topics and form questions that will lead to your final project. The site report for the archives visit is due one week after our visit, October 11 with a short follow-up to your research questions due October 16. Please review the site report in advance of Thursday’s class.

Before the Barclays Center and associated high-rises were built, the site of the project was home to residential, retail, and industrial tenants. In advance of Thursday’s class, please read the following news articles that record some of the 21st-century history of the struggle over the site:

Newman, Andy. Guarding their Homes Against the Bulldozer, the New York Times, January 23, 2004.

Bagli, Charles V. Ruling Lets Atlantic Yards Seize Land, the New York Times, November 24, 2009.

Frazier, Ian, The Big Shoe, the New Yorker, February 1, 2010.

NYPL Map Division visit and site report #1 due on Thursday

Site report #1 is due on Thursday, September 27. Please post a link to the PDF of your site report or upload the PDF to the media library of our OpenLab site.


By C.S. Imming [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

This Thursday is our visit to the Map Division of the New York Public Library, in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. The closest subways are the B, D, F, M, and 7 trains at 42nd Street/Bryant Park. You are probably familiar with Patience and Fortitude, the famous lion sculptures outside the library. That’s Fortitude, above. We will meet in room 117 at 3pm SHARP. Come prepared to take notes (pencil only, please) and photos (no flash). In class today we examined familiar places represented on historic fire insurance maps of New York City and asked the question, What has time done to this place?

Tuesday 9/25 and Thursday 9/27

I remembered I’d taken a photo of the crumbling party wall and the ghost signs concealed by the recently demolished building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue last fall:


5th & Flatbush, November 2017

Today the site has been prepared for new uses yet is now overgrown with plants, indicating no construction has been happening lately:


5th & Flatbush, September 2018

Thanks, everyone, for participating in a great site visit today. The first site report is due on Thursday, September 27. Remember to save a copy of the site report template, and then edit it with your content and responses. On Tuesday we’ll discuss research in archives and special collections in preparation for our research visit to the New York Public Library Map Division, 476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, on Thursday, September 27 from 3-4:30pm. Before Tuesday’s class, please read the articles linked below, and comment on this post with 2 questions you have about these readings:

Introduction to Archives, Visiting the Archives, and Citing Archival Sources from the Purdue OWL

What are archives and how do they differ from libraries? and Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research from the Society of American Archivists

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources from Virginia Tech libraries

~Prof. L.