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Topics ranging from modern-day housing to ancient Roman transportation were featured in the ninth grade City Project presentations on Monday, May 8 in Estherwood Mansion.
As the culmination of their City Project, freshmen created engaging video presentations based on their research into one of five topics: housing, geography, transportation, criminal justice and cultural integration. Each presentation compared New York City to various ancient civilizations, such as Rome, Babylon and Constantinople.
In one cultural integration project, for example, the presenters quizzed their classmates during a “Match Game.” Among the questions posed was: “What factors have contributed to heightening Islamophobia in New York City?” Students provided answers that included 9/11, acts of terrorism, and media coverage.
Across the hall, another presentation focused on the evolution of New York City housing, comparing it to housing in ancient cities. The video included vintage photos of tenement houses, such as those in the former Five Points neighborhood in Manhattan, where 19th century Irish immigrants and their families lived in cramped, dark quarters.