Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 8

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

In this segment of the Oral History with Luis Garden Acosta, he talks about gentrification and the creation of the Greenlight District program. He starts this segment by discussing the disappearance of community spaces such as bodegas and Puerto Rican restaurants in the neighborhoods that use to serve as communal spaces where news from the island was shared. Garden Acosta describes the pending loss of El Puente the restaurant, and landlords pushing tenants out through bribes to implement rent hikes. Essentially, the housing issues in the area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn led to the need and creation of the Greenlight program, which has a focus on connecting the newcomers of the neighborhood; validating who "they" are and "their" culture; reform of schools; and health. All of these come together with a holistic approach to community involvement.


Date
May 15, 2015, Recording date
Creator
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewee
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewer
Gisely Colon Lopez
Duration
2h 3m 46.0s
Location of interview

El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LGA.2015.05.15.8
Related Keywords
Bodegas, Community, Community-based organizations, Education, Environmental activism, Gentrification, Latino justice, Social work, Tenements
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, Greenlight District program
Related Places
Brooklyn (interview location), Williamsburg (is referenced)
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 8: LGA.2015.05.15.8. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 18 Oct 2019.
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