havemeyer st

study + book

We (Sarah Lallemand & myself) wanted to observe the “apparent culture class” in South Side Williamsburg between the young professionals (new arrivals, moved for cheaper rent) and the locals (The Hispanic community, inhabited the area for generations). We saw inclusiveness and warmth in the neighborhood; rather than ignoring the other culture, businesses presented options for one another. The Hispanic deli would sell organic Meyer soap and dish detergent for the young professionals and the hip bike shop would carry off-brand, inexpensive bikes for the locals. There was a wonderful acceptance and blending of cultures on Havemeyer. We came up with the term "inclusive commerce" that describes the infrastructure within the neighborhood. Commerce that would not exclude other cultures, because of wealth gaps, rather, entices them with a bargain. The stories present a community that comes from both cultures understanding each other.

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