"Neighborhood Joint" assignment
The New York Times occasionally publishes a column called "Neighborhood Joint," in which different reporters profile local spots around the five boroughs. Each "Neighborhood Joint" reporter combines his/her own observations of a particular "joint" with background/historical information about it.
For assignment, you'll write your own two-page "Neighborhood Joint" profile about a spot in your own neighborhood, your choice: perhaps a building, a park, a monument, a playground, a school, a religious site, a subway station, a firehouse, a power plant, a construction site, a bridge, a business of any kind—restaurant? a tailor? hair salon?—the list goes on.
Just like the "Neighborhood Joint" columns, your profile will include descriptions of the place. In order to write those descriptions, you'll need to go to your chosen spot and observe carefully, taking notes of what you hear, see, smell, etc. "Neighborhood Joint" reporters open with & include descriptions written with specificity and sensory detail. Such descriptions that work to set a tone/create atmosphere; so should yours.
Also like the "Neighborhood Joint" columns, your profile will include some background/historical information. Typically, the "Joint" reporters for the New York Times include background information gathered through interviews with owners, workers, customers, etc. You, however, will be gathering information a bit differently -- you'll be doing it via invesitgatenyc.com and/or database/newspaper research (specifically, the archives of the New York Times). You'll need a minimum of two sources, and you'll need paraphrase the information you decide to include.
You certainly *may* use information gathered from an interview or interviews (and incorporate that information as quotes), but this isn't mandatory. You may also touch on own history with the place, if you have one. Does any particular experience stand out? If so, include it.
Live Music, Hot Food, Hot Sauce
Singh's Roti Shop & Bar/Richmond Hill
Where Bronze Transforms
Into Fine Art
Modern Art Foundry/Astoria
In a Toy Shop, a Sanctuary for Nostalgia
Burlington Toys/Upper East Side
People Want To Eat Pretty Things
Alfonso's Pastry Shop, Staten Island
Kicking Back in a Temple to the Ring
Ringside Bar & Grill/Whitestone
Where Broken Violins Get Fixed
David Segal Violins, Upper West Side
To recap, paper must include:
1) Recent observations turned into description. Your descriptions should include sensory detail and covey the atmosphere of the place.
2) Background information gathered from investigatenyc.com, and/or newspaper/database research. Two source minimum. Must paraphrase and cite information.
Paper may include: your own past experience(s) with the place (if you have history with it), & information gathered from interviews.
- INVESTIGATE NYC HOME
- Look Up Your Local (and State and Federal) Elected Officials
- What Do Your Elected Officials Do?
- Find Your Districts
- Community Boards: What They Are, Find Yours
- How Old Is Your Building? And Who Owns It? (And Alternatively, Who Owns That Boarded-Up Rat Trap or Vacant Lot Down The Street?)
- Look Up Capital Projects Near You (Or: the Strange Case of the Rampant Remediations)
- Look Up Your Building's Open Violations
- Chart STD & Communicable Disease Rates by Borough, Neighborhood
- New Yorkers On Their Own Health, Mental Health, Sexual Activity and Bad Habits
- Look Up Neighborhood Air Quality... If You Dare
- Find a Photo of Your Home From the Big Bad '80s
- Locate Nearby Superfunds, Brownfields, Toxic Release Sites, Significant Sources of Air Pollution, More
- Map The "Green Infrastructure" Projects In Your Neighborhood
- Map 311 Calls: Citywide & On Your Block
- Who Lived in Your Building & On Your Block Back in 1940? Where Were They From? What Did They Do?
- Birth Rates, Death Trends in Your Neighborhood, Borough
- Census Data: Neighborhood Population Broken Down by Age, Sex, Ethnicity, More, 2010 & 2000
- Look Up Neighborhood Income, Poverty Rates, Educational Profile, More
- Who's Actually in Charge of the LLC that Owns Your Building? (Also: Locate a Scan of the Actual Deed)
- See James Baldwin & Family in the 1940 Census
- Rat Inspections: Your Building, Neighborhood
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- Neighborhood Joint Assignment