The Brooklyn Project

Graphic Designer, artist, city girl. Currently on a journey across Brooklyn meeting the people and exploring the places that gives the borough it's flavor. Join me.

"Brooklyn my habitat, the place where it happen at
Live sway and the sharp balance of the battle axe” - Mos Def

Portraits of people and their corresponding neighborhoods. Clinton Hill, Sheepshead Bay, and Bensonhurst. 

It’s been sometime since I’ve posted. I intended to use this blog to document my travels and research but things started to get too busy that I had to abandon it for a while. But now I’m back, and eager to share my experiences. 

Borough Park and Flatbush. Two completely different neighborhoods that are located not too far from each other. It was pleasant to see how such varied communities may not agree on a lot of things but are unison in their pride of their borough. Rep hard guys. Rep hard.

Popeye’s in East New York. Skate Parks in Crown Heights. The Cyclone in Coney Island. This weekend was a blast.

As the interviews pile up I’m noticing that I’m getting the same answers and the same reactions to questions from everyone. It’s interesting and incredibly endearing. It doesn’t matter if you were born and raised in BK or if you moved there later in your life, once you live in Brooklyn it becomes a part of you.

Just putting it up for the hell of it. Poster 6 of the series down, two more to go! 

Just putting it up for the hell of it. Poster 6 of the series down, two more to go! 

I have a good number of people for this part of Brooklyn but I could use one or more two more. So if you’re from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, or Prospect Park South and you’re interested…send me a message :D

I have a good number of people for this part of Brooklyn but I could use one or more two more. So if you’re from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, or Prospect Park South and you’re interested…send me a message :D

With my unfortunate lack of time management, this post comes somewhat late. But research is steadily progressing and for that I am happy about. :D

Right before school begun I had managed to interview three people and visit their neighborhoods. Flatlands was an area I had driven past but had never taken the time to explore. It’s more quiet and suburban-like then I had expected but I got to see some interesting landmarks along the way. Kensington is right next to my neighborhood so I’m well acquainted with it but it was still worthwhile to stroll around and notice little details that I never had reason to take note of. Midwood was the last stop and is the neighborhood I hail from. I absolutely love the landmarked houses located a couple of blocks from where I live, it’s beautiful and almost untouched from the contemporary styles of todays world. 

The two interviewees from Flatlands and Kensington are my friends, as were those from the past post. But the interview for Midwood might have been the most significant to date. My granduncle, at the age of 93 years old was born and raised in Midwood, and is the definition of a true Brooklynite. He has seen Brooklyn change from before the war up to now. I swear I could stay there all day and just listen to the story of his life.

Greenpoint, Sunset Park, Brighton Beach.

As the interview process begins I find myself amazingly grateful to know such interesting people. To listen to their stories, to walk with them down the blocks they once or still call home; it’s astonishing to see that these people from seemingly different neighborhoods share such similar stories with the same instilled pride for their hometown.

This is an incredible experience, yet it’s terribly exhausting. There is so much to take in.

But I can’t wait. 

If you’re from Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, or Clinton Hill and you’re interested in being interviewed you know what to do.
Be like Nike. Do it.

If you’re from Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, or Clinton Hill and you’re interested in being interviewed you know what to do.

Be like Nike. Do it.

Calling all South Brooklyn heads. If you’re from any of these neighborhoods and you wanna show some love, hit me up. 

Calling all South Brooklyn heads. If you’re from any of these neighborhoods and you wanna show some love, hit me up.