Photo Essay

A Study of Greenpoint: The Old and the New

The Greenpoint Melting Pot

Greenpoint, New York is a melting pot. You can turn one corner and pick up a Polish pastry and around another you can find an Irish pub next to a Spanish church. This neighborhood has an ever changing make up, as many young people move into the area which has raised rents and pushed out much of the older community. There are also differences in religious practices in the area. There are mainly Catholics, as much of the Jewish community has moved out.

I chose this project to produce a visual ethnography of this neighborhood and to communicate how an outsider like myself sees and experiences this community. Through this anthropological fieldstudy of the area I was able to meet and connect with people within the community while at the same time capture the true, and sometimes candid, nature of the people as they do their day to day activities. I tried to show the many diverse communities that I saw and learned about while also offering a glance into how they also interact and why this community is so interesting.

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  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    I support your story. It is wonderful of you to write it. Beautiful B&W photos too.

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