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

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Joseph, Edwina, 2014 November 7

Biographical note

Edwina (Greene) Joseph was born in 1940. She moved from the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn to the Linden Houses (in the East New York neighborhood) with her husband and children in 1962, and lived there until 2010. Joseph worked at the Wells Fargo bank international branch on Wall Street for many years. After her retirement, she was active in the East New York Farms! Project as a member of a Community Supported Agriculture program. In 2010 she moved to Acworth, Georgia.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Edwina Joseph continues to discuss living in the Linden Houses from 1962 to 2010 and the changes she saw over the years, including a decline in police presence, draconian law enforcement when police were present in the area, the adversarial relationship between the Housing Authority and residents, and the general decline in quality of life. The interview was conducted remotely by Sarita Daftary-Steel in Brooklyn, New York and Joseph in Acworth, Georgia.

Subject Names

  • Joseph, Edwina

Subject Organizations

  • Linden Houses (Housing complex)
  • New York (N.Y.). Police Department
  • New York City Housing Authority

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Drug traffic -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police-community relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Urban policy -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

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