When we think of New York, Manhattan comes to mind. Yet if Manhattan’s neighbor, the Borough of Brooklyn, were still an independent city, it would rank ahead of Houston in population, 2,649,000 to Houston’s 2,313,000. While their histories are dissimilar, today they share a common pattern of rapid growth in diversity and density.
A city of neighborhoods, Brooklyn has communities that possess distinct identities and date back to Dutch farming villages. Founded in 1643, Brooklyn has reinvented itself for over 300 years. This October, the Houston Seminar will explore the history, architecture, landscape, art, and exploding culinary scene of Brooklyn as its neighborhoods continue to evolve in the twenty-first century.
Led by architectural historian Stephen Fox and joined by local experts, we will examine historic precincts (Brooklyn Heights) and spectacular waterfront landscapes (Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO, Williamsburg). We will see the transition of Red Hook and Gowanus, both largely rebuilt following widespread destruction by Hurricane Sandy. We will visit the elegant Victorian Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods, both historic African-American communities; Bushwick, predominately Hispanic and known for graffiti art; Park Slope, bordering Prospect Park; and so much more!