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Guide to the Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection 2010.020

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Empty, Dollmarie, 2010 March 22

Biographical / Historical

Born in Jamaica in 1971, Dollmarie Empty moved in with her mother in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood circa 1995. She worked as a nanny, housekeeper and home health aide before having to collect on Social Security for a disability in the years prior to this 2010 interview. She did not graduate high school but was preparing to get her certificate of General Educational Development (GED) at the time of the interview.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Dollmarie Empty contrasts the culture of her homeland of Jamaica with the cultural diversity of Brooklyn. She evaluates the restaurant options and new foods she has encountered in the neighborhood of Crown Heights. Empty envisions her future and contemplates getting a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. In closing, she makes observations about a few changes in the neighborhood. This interview was conducted by Alex Kelly and abbreviated due to technical difficulties.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Oral History Portal. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of BHS. For assistance, contact

Subject Names

  • Empty, Dollmarie

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Public Library

Subject Topics

  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jamaicans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Multiculturalism
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Eastern Parkway (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration