LaGuardia Community College 2002-03 Common Reading
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

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Below you will find images of historic Brooklyn, New York that may enhance your understanding of the book. These images have been selected because of their relevance to Santiago's text. They portray city life in the island during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. By clicking on the thumbnail of the photograph, you will be able to see the larger image. By clicking on the blue link, yo will be able to visit the original source for this photograph. All of these photographs come from the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives New York City Housing Authority Collection.

Elevated Subway, Furman Street to Granite Street, Brooklyn. 2 July 1962.
Photograph ID: 02.015.15536

Kitchen, Brooklyn. 16 January 1956. NYCHA Photograph ID: 02.015.15548

Boulevard Houses, Brooklyn. 21 August 1950. NYCHA Photograph ID: 02.015.15473

Street Scene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. c.1960S-1970S. NYCHA Photograph ID: 02.015.15510

Building on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn after rehabilitation. 13 April 1964. NYCHA Photograph ID: 02.015.15833


In addition to the digital images available through the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, we also encourage you to explore the resources in the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives that are not available on the Internet. For example, Joe Margolis from the Archives suggests photographs of Stone-Pitkin Avenue, an area close to where Santiago lived in Brooklyn. These images are numbers: 02.015.3124, 02.015.3146B, 02.015.3147B, 02.015.3148B and 02.015.3149A. When you make an appointment to visit the Archives, you can also explore other New York City resources.

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