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Parkchester- A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity


Parkchester- A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity
Parkchester-JeffreyS Gurock
Type : epub |
Size : 2.73 MB |
English |




Descirption: The eight-decade story of a New York neighborhood In 1940, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company opened a planned community in the East Bronx, New York. A model of what the neighborhood would become was first displayed to an excited public at the 1939 World's Fair. Parkchester was celebrated as a "city within a city," offering many of the attractions and comforts of suburbia, but without the transportation issues that plagued commuters who trekked into New York City every day. This new neighborhood initially constituted a desirable alternative to inner city neighborhoods for white ethnic groups with the means to leave their Depression-era homes. In this bucolic environment within Gotham, the Irish and Italian Catholics, white Protestants and Je lived together rather harmoniously. In Parkchester, Jeffrey S. Gurock explains how and why a "get along" spirit prevailed in Parkchester and marked a turning point in ethnic relations in the city....