The borough of Brooklyn is currently enjoying a renaissance, as can be seen in the rise of DUMBO, MetroTech, Williamsburg, Ditmas Park, etc. But in the 1950s and 1960s it was in decline. Starting in the 1970s, however, a number of local forces came together to reverse this condition, producing the renaissance that is Brooklyn today. The current exhibit in the Ursula C. Schwerin Library of New York City College of Technology, “The Roots of Modern Brooklyn: A Look at the 1970s and 1980s”, documents how a combination of business, political and social forces helped to turn the tide to produce the vibrant borough that we see in the 21st century.
The individual sections (bottoming out in Brooklyn; Brooklyn and the world; turning things around; Brooklyn’s people power; preserving, restoring, renewing, and creating communities; celebrating Brooklyn’s arts and cultures; and celebrating Brooklyn) chronicle the fascinating history of this turbulent period in the borough’s history. Most of the materials displayed in this traveling exhibit are drawn from the archival holdings of the Brooklyn College Library, which includes the holdings of The Phoenix Newspaper (1972-1995), published by Dnynia and Michael Armstrong.
The display can be viewed during the months of March and April 2009. It can be viewed in the Library during the following hours: Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. During the Spring recess, the Library will be open from 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. on 4/8-4/10 and 4/13-4/17. It will be closed on 4/11.