Brooklyn's Barren Island: A Forgotten History (Paperback)

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Brooklyn's Barren Island: A Forgotten History (Paperback)

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Unbeknownst to most of the city's inhabitants, a rural community of garbage workers once existed on a now-vanished island in New York City.


Barren Island was a swampy speck in Jamaica Bay where a motley group of new immigrants and African Americans quietly processed mountains of garbage and dead animals starting in the 1850s. They turned the waste into useful industrial products until their eviction by Robert Moses in 1936, all in the name of progress. Barren Islanders built businesses, fought fires, demanded a public school and worshipped at churches as they created a quintessentially American community from scratch. Author Miriam Sicherman tells the story of a Brooklyn neighborhood lost in the annals of New York City history.

Product Details ISBN: 9781467144315
ISBN-10: 1467144312
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: November 18th, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English