History and Gentrification: What is the history of gentrification in the Meatpacking district/Chelsea?
History and Gentrification: Chelsea, Capital of Modernity? This class has discussed many of the ways that art responds to contemporary urban life, and influences it in turn. New York City offers many rich examples of this relationship. For example, the old Meatpacking district in downtown Manhattan has undergone profound and rapid gentrification in the past decade, and art has played a central role in this transformation with the development of the Highline, its proximity to Chelsea art galleries, and the recent opening of the new Whitney Museum. The area is close to Chelsea, the densest and most “upscale” area of contemporary art galleries in NYC, and perhaps the world. This paper is an opportunity for you to research the topic of gentrification and to provide a history of the change in this neighborhood. Write a 5 page paper responding to the question: What is the history of gentrification in the Meatpacking district/Chelsea? (in order to accomplish this, you will need to do a little research. 2 STEP 1: Research: 1. Go to JSTOR and research the work or two by putting in keywords (Highline, for example) Look for articles on this topic, especially ones that may mention gentrification (what is this?) and the history of this place. You can even do this from home. Look for articles that seem relevant to you in some way. JSTOR is not as easy as Google to search. It is fussy. So think about your search terms. Also, you can sort by date or relevance. If you just put in “Highline,” for example, you may get too many “hits.” Narrow your search with other terms. Here is a link to JSTOR https://login.hostos.ezproxy.cuny.edu/login?qurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.jstor.org%2fsear ch 2. Download a few articles from JSTOR that seem pretty good and skim them. 3. After skimming, if they are not as good as you think, go back to JSTOR and look again for better ones. Remember, research is a process. 4. Create annotated bibliography, i.e. list your references and give a few sentences about each. What is article about? How will it help you with your topic? Those are the questions you should be asking yourself. Here is a link to a good writing site and what they have to say about annotated bibliographies: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/1/ 5. Think about a title and a thesis. Write some options out. What the main point you want to make in your paper? How does your chosen work reflect a certain cultural ideology? 6. TURN IN YOUR ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRPAHY on April 18 in Dropbox Step 2: Visit See map on BB (…and have fun doing this. Make it an outing. Bring a friend or two. Try to do when weather is nice if you can.) 1. Visit the Highline. Start at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District and look at the Whitney—at least go into the lobby and the public space. (I am not asking you to pay admission and go in, but if they’re having a free day, please take advantage.) Walk Highline until it ends around 30th St. Observe the buildings, the public art, the billboards, the crowds, and take notes on how these might be represented in “modern” art. Take a selfie of yourself on the Highline. 3 2. Go to 24th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues and look in 3 galleries. Feel free to wander on 21st and 25th to the galleries there, too, if you like. Take notes on the art and audiences, and bring back any free brochure material for later reference. Take selfie in front of a gallery. Attach both selfies to the end of your final paper. Step 3: Write In your paper, you should support all generalizations with specific observations. Avoid simple description, unless you also state the significance of what you are describing in order to integrate it into a broader argument. Do not copy material from books, audio tapes, wall cards or the internet without citation. Do not, under any circumstances, copy text directly from the internet. You may want to think about other neighborhoods that have undergone a similar transformation/gentrification—SOHO, Williamsburg, maybe your own? Think about the role art plays in the Meatpacking / Chelsea neighborhood in this process of gentrification. Think about in what ways are the relationship between art and the city in this area “modern”? Think about how your own neighborhoods are changing, or not changing. Is gentrification going on where you live? How? Why? Why not? Requirements: • Paper must build upon a clear thesis statement • Paper must be 5 pages in length, in Times New Roman 12 point font • Paper must have a title (a good title will reflect your thesis) • Paper margins must be 1" on left and right; top margin must be 1" and bottom margin 1" • Put titles of works of art in italics • **IMPORTANT** If you borrow someone else's idea, you must footnote it. If you borrow text directly, you must put their words in quotation (" ") marks. (This applies to all information taken from lecture, books, wall plaques, etc.) • -Paper must conform to Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) standard. • INTERNET RESEARCH must be cited according to Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).