The faces of New York City’s massive 21st-century transformation


New York has always been defined by the volume and degree of interaction it forces on its people: on the subway, on the street, at the bar, at the house of worship. For The Edge Becomes the Center, I set out to understand how gentrification affects these interactions and the lives of the people who inhabit the city. Not far into my trip, I realized the word gentrification is useless—rendered so by overuse, too broad to adequately capture a huge range of disparate experiences, contexts, and ultimately, meanings. Here are a few stories I heard along the way.

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