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Text versus a Wave

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Leslie

“Free Wi-Fi”. This is music to the ears to anyone trying to get a faster connection on their phone so they can finish their comment on Facebook. The internet has because a place where everyone and anyone with a smartphone or a laptop live in many hours a day. At least once a day, someone either asks me ‘Do you …

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Defending Washington Heights

In A Sense of Place, 11. A Cosmopolitan Sense of Place by Leslie

Gentrification has been affecting many minority communities for some time now. Many white people go to black and Hispanic communities looking for cheaper rent and whine up kicking many Hispanics and black people out of their homes and begin gentrifying the area. The local stores start turning from authentic Mexican restaurants and fried chicken spots to Froyo and Starbucks. Rent …

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181st Street

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Leslie

Since I was born, my mom and the rest of my family would take my cousins, sisters (once they were born), and I to 181 street to hang out and shop every weekend. All along 181 street, especially on Saint Nicholas, you can find Latino street vendors. You find the lady my mom has been buying arepa from for 15 …

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New Jersey

In A Sense of Place, 7. Sprawl and New Urbanism by Leslie

I was born, raised, and still live in New York City. I never moved to the suburbs for an extended period of time. One of my aunts did move to New Jersey to live a more calm and serene life away from the city with her children, and now husband. My aunt hosted barbeques, and sleepovers, and I would come …

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The Weird White Building

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Leslie

I have walked by this building around 5 times when I would walk 7th avenue on a nice day out. I always felt like the building was out of place and awkwardly placed hear 14th street.  Until recently, I didn’t realize it was a hospital. I usually would walk by (from across the street, and I would have never guessed …

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In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Leslie

I have lived on my block for about 20 years now, and I never felt unsafe. In New York City, there are three types of streets: extremely busy, moderate amounts of people, and dead streets where you are 1 of 3 people or the only person on the street. Audubon is one of those more lonely streets. Since Audubon consists …

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Failed Work Spaces

In A Sense of Place, 4. The Social Life of Places by Leslie

I work in a school with the Director of Operations. A large part of my job is to make sure that the school is organized, teachers have everything they need, anything else asked of me. The school has two teacher work rooms available and they are failures. With The Social Life of Smll Urban Spaces, Whyte shinned some light into …

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Can’t Know the Unknown

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Leslie

Something that stands out to me about cognitive maps, is that everyone’s map usually varies. We all take in our environment slightly different. In 4th grade, our art teacher had us draw out what all the 5 boroughs looked like to us. I remember drawing the upper part of Manhattan and writing downtown for the bottom half because I was …

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In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Leslie

In front of Fairway in Harlem, 133rd street, there is a pier. When you google it, it’s called West Harlem Piers, but when you have been going there for years, it’s My Escape. Back in 2009, I was a freshman in high school. I first went to the pier with my friends. I don’t fully remember the first time I …

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Mi Comunidad

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Leslie

The two semesters I was away from home to dorm at NYU, I realized I was doing a lot to bring home with me. There are so many small things that make me remember or feel at home. Being around here for so long has made my community apart of me. I could literally draw you of most of 174th-182nd street …