Brooklyn's Barren Island: A Forgotten History

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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.
ISBN: 9781467144315
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Landmarks
Images: 49
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Miriam Sicherman is a public elementary school teacher in New York City. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, Bank Street College of Education and Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.
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