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

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Yeancades, Carmen, 2014 August 8

Biographical note

Carmen Yeancades was born in 1950 in Malta and immigrated to Manhattan, New York, with her family when she was one year old. Her family moved to the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn to live with extended family in 1955 upon the death of her mother. They lived in East New York until 1962, and eventually moved to Richmond Hill, Queens. Carmen attended Queens College and has worked with Estee Lauder for many years. She currently lives in Bardonia, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Carmen Yeancades speaks in detail about her life as a child in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. She describes the dissolution of the neighborhood, blockbusting, the influx of many Southern Black families, the exodus of Jewish families, White flight, and the reconstruction of the neighborhood in preparation for new housing projects. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Yeancades' home in Bardonia, New York.

Subject Names

  • Yeancades, Carmen

Subject Organizations

  • Linden Houses (Housing complex)
  • New York City Housing Authority

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Catholic schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community organi-ing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gangs -- New York (State) -- Kings Country
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Real estate business -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Social classes -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

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