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

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Rabinowitz, Richard, 2014 December 8

Biographical note

Richard Rabinowitz was born in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1945. His father was a Jewish American and his mother was a Jewish immigrant who emigrated from Poland in 1928. His family purchased a home on Bradford Street, between Hegeman Avenue and Linden Boulevard, in 1948, and they remained there until 1966 or 1967. He attended PS 213, George Gershwin Junior High School, and Stuyvesant High School. He moved to Massachusetts and attended Harvard University before returning to Brooklyn in the 1980s. Rabinowitz is a public historian and founder of the American History Workshop. He lives in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn with his wife.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Richard Rabinowitz discusses his parents' lives in the 1930s and 1940s, his childhood growing up in the Jewish community of the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1950s, local businesses and schools, White flight, race relations, and integration. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Rabinowitz's home in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Subject Names

  • Rabinowitz, Richard

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team)
  • George Gershwin J.H.S. 166 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • P.S. 213 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jewish neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- 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

Subject Places

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