This morning, I set up the map on the playground of Justice Ramirez Park on McKibben Street, around the corner from the Morgan Avenue subway stop.  These four kids worked together to mark their home, places they thought were safe or unsafe, places affected by gentrification, places important for arts and culture, negative and positive places in their community and places where different people come together.  Afterwards, I brought them to see the Chez Bushwick studio and Nicoletta showed them some new turns and lifts.  They were delighted and plan to come to the public library on Bushwick Avenue next Wednesday afternoon, where I will be setting up the map from 3pm to 5pm.

Elizabeth, George, Jobvani and MichelleGeorge marks his school as a safe place.

Elizabeth (11), George (11) , Jobvani (10) and Michelle (8) are neighbors, friends and siblings. Their plan was to spend the whole day at the park, which they marked as a positive place. They also marked their church as an important place for Mexican culture and a place where different people come together.

George marked his school as a safe place, while Elizabeth marked an area of Bushwick Avenue she thinks is unsafe because of gang activity. The kids asked if I had ever been invited to join a gang. I said no. Some of them have been asked, but they declined.
Justice Ramirez Park is the closest park to their home and it is across the street from a cement factory.

Justice Ramirez Park is the closest park to their home - it is across the street from a cement factory on McKibben Street. Michelle marked an area of Maria Hernandez Park as unsafe because she has seen fights there.

Elizabeth marked as unsafe a spot on Morgan Avenue where there was a recent stabbing.  She also marked an "expensive deli" next door to her house as an indicator of gentrification.

Elizabeth marked as unsafe a spot on Morgan Avenue where there was a recent stabbing. She also marked an "expensive deli" next door to her house as an indicator of gentrification.

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