Week 16: Final Post Assignment Due Date: Monday, Dec. 20

The tour I took was ” The East Village,” and after watching the video I have learned that back in the 1800 centuries, the east village which is downtown Manhattan, used to be a town for immigrants who are mostly Jewish.  Now as centuries go by, downtown lower Manhattan has slowly become Chinatown for Chinese immigrants who immigrated to the U.S.  As I continued to watch the video I have also learned that Abraham Cahan was the founder of the Foward, and he wrote about politics.  At 236 east third street of east village, is The Noyrican poet’s cafe cofounded by Miguel Algarin in 1973. The cafe continues to be a form for poetry, music, hip-hop, video, visual arts, comedy, and theater, explaining the philosophy. I’ve learned a lot about each street and it has a past history that leads the how-to streets changed in the present day. For example, a particular scene of the video explains that in 1953 at 206 east 7th street it talks about the apartment of Allen Ginsberg. It talks about a man named Allen Ginsberg who lives at 206 east 7th street, who was a poet and years goes by Allen Ginsberg have been moving from building to building.  One of the journalism projects I might like to do in the future would be at Noytican poet’s cafe because it doesn’t just have poetry in it but it also has music, hip-hop, videos, visual art, comedy, and theater that I can learn and talk about.  Everything I do at that cafe would be posted on my Instagram, which gives it recognition so more customers can come by.  In 1964, Ed Sanders opened Peace Eye BookStore, and the bookstore includes art, music, and poetry. Ed Sanders and Allen Ginsberg found the commitment to legalized marijuana and the store also hosted an underground comic art exhibition featuring work by Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Kim Deech, and others.  But unfortunately, business doesn’t go well for Sanders when the authorities forced him out of business because he was charged for selling lewd on January 2nd, 1966.  In 77 Saint Marks Place,  the former address of W.H. Auden, whose full name is Winston Hugh Auden was a British poet, arrived in New York City in 1939 from October to September 1 940. He lived in Brown Stone in a Montague terrorist in Brooklyn Height where he can compose new year letters from 1953 to 1972, he and his companion Chester lived on the second floor.  In Auden’s letter, he wrote that the enthusiastic immigrants are where America is the place that most accurately reflects his poetic program and achieving a collective betterment through individual self-knowledge.  I’ve learned a lot about different poets from different locations and how to make money, and the one particular tour I liked the most in the video, would be 105 2nd Avenue where The East Village Other is located. It is one of the earliest counter-cultural newspapers that was found and it really discusses the important topic of Anarchy,  Women’s rights, black power, free love, legalization, local housing issues, and ending the war in Vietnam.

I would expand my OpEd is by looking at websites that help support my thesis statement about the topic and talking about the pros and cons of the situation.


  1. Mark Noonan

    Thanks for this detailed report of your “East Village” tour, Rachel!

  2. Chala

    The East Village is a beautiful area in manhattan. Many changes have happened in manhattan cause gentrification is a process of neighborhood change that includes an economic change in a historically disinvested neighborhood —by means of real estate investment and new higher-income residents moving in – as well as demographic change. This means that the changes would bring a new environment with higher prices of rent and food . In New York things have changed for the good. The neighborhoods now have a new improved environment and many new stores to shop also healthy food. This is good for New York and some people love the changes and the diversity but the problem that some people have is the increase of price and they feel as if the people with money are trying to kick out the people that are not wealthy. Many people in New York want change .The research is so important so that people can obtain information of the area they may be currently living in or where they want to move to

    Many areas of New York and Brooklyn have been gentrified. This can harm some communities and also benefit other groups of people. For example, I used to live in Fort Greene many years ago. Since then, luxury apartments were built in downtown Brooklyn. Many people thought that there were going to be new stores to offer new jobs to people. The people in the community thought that they should get more incentives from these large companies coming into the neighborhood. Many residents felt that these companies and luxury housing were just taking over the neighborhood. They wanted to preserve Brooklyn’s culture.
    Jay Street area in Brooklyn and compare it to how it looked in the past. In the early 2000’s, the neighborhood was not considered a good place to live. Many people that were interviewed, had negative comments to make about the area. Brooklyn was considered a black neighborhood to some people. However, Brooklyn was very cheap before. It was a great place to purchase things because of the low prices. It used to have many small businesses and did not have large successful businesses in the area. Now, the area has been renovated with new stores that are trending and the area is more culturally diverse. Now, businesses that are well known and popular are willing to pay the premium price to have their store in downtown Brooklyn. There is now retail diversity in the area with many stores such as T-Mobile, Sprint , Metro PCS, Express, and Swarovski. This change has been harmful to the small businesses because many of them have had to move to different locations. This also meant the small businesses were at risk of losing their customers.
    Another group that feels negatively impacted due to gentrification are the original residents of these communities. They feel that big businesses are taking over and changing the culture. They think that if businesses are going to come in and spend money, that they should also spend money to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. In the documentary, the people in the neighborhood felt that the children should benefit and have new amenities like a library, bookstore, and movie theater. Residents felt that these new companies and luxury housing complexes were starting to take over the neighborhood. They wanted to continue to preserve Brooklyn’s culture.
    However, gentrification in these areas have also benefited some people. The groups that have benefited the most are the real estate owners and large business owners. They were able to buy lots of land and property and make a profit, even though they changed the identity of the area. Additionally, in some ways, the residents also benefited, even if they were not all happy about it. These changes made areas like Fort Greene more popular. It also made the neighborhood more desirable and increased the value. These neighborhoods have also become safer and typically have less crime.

    • Mark Noonan

      Rich and interesting final post Chala. Thanks for sharing it.

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