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Guide to the Sarita Daftary-Steel collection of East New York oral histories 2015.011

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Foglio, Paulette and Holtzman, Jordan, 2014 July 17

Biographical note

Paulette (Giarusso) Foglio was born in Brooklyn in 1953 to Italian parents. Her family was the first to move into the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn when it opened in 1956, and they lived there until 1969. She attended PS 190, George Gershwin Junior High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, and St. John's University. She is the principal of PS 99 in Kew Gardens, Queens, and currently lives on Long Island, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Paulette Foglio and Jordan Holtzman describe growing up in the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s, their experiences in neighborhood schools (especially George Gershwin Junior High School and Thomas Jefferson High School), neighborhood businesses, White flight from the neighborhood and public housing, the rise in crime in the neighborhood, integration and race relations, and their feelings about the neighborhood today. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at PS 99 in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York.

Biographical note

Jordan Holtzman was born in Brooklyn in 1946 to Jewish parents. His family moved to the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1950s, where they remained until the 1970s. He attended PS 190, George Gershwin Junior High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City Community College, and Baruch College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a stock trader on Wall Street for 25 years, and now works as a Parent Coordinator at PS 99 in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. He lives in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

Subject Names

  • Foglio, Paulette
  • Holtzman, Jordan

Subject Organizations

  • Fortunoff (Department store)
  • George Gershwin J.H.S. 166 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Linden Houses (Housing complex)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Real estate business -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • School integration -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Urban policy -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Whites -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions