When I first arrived in NYC to study at ITP, I stayed for a week on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is a very lively hood where freshly arrived hipsters mix with the Puerto rican and dominican communities living there for 3 or 4 decades already. The neighborhood has changed a lot in the last 10 years. On the corner of South 3rd and Havemeyer, you can sit at a trendy-but-low-key cafe and watch the puerto rican elders play cards outside in the sun. I wondered how the puerto ricans felt about the gentrification of the area.
My colleague Caroline and I went for a walk in the hood and interviewed a recent immigrant from California and two puerto ricans. They explain how they feel about the changes the area is going through.