It all started with 5Pointz, with the news that this iconic structure – my first visual memory of the borough I have come to love – would be whitewashed and eventually erased from our landscape. As someone who writes jovially, lightheartedly about food in Western Queens, I grew concerned about my role in altering, and perhaps even destroying a place I love.
So I challenged myself to spend one year thinking and writing about the changing city, using popular discussions and articles on the topic as touchstones and entry points. What I wrote are thoughts in progress, they are inexpert, half-baked, sometimes contradictory, occasionally funny, sad, flawed, and hopefully, thoughtful. Here’s where I am so far in my thinking about the changing city.
The Changing City