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  • Red Hook, a coastal neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. This audio project was an attempt at demonstrating how to sustain community cohesion post-Sandy by creating a ‘Third Place’ through the organization Red Hook Initiative (RHI). RHI, created as a non-profit to benefit members of the Red Hook Houses (the largest housing project in New York with over 5,000 residents), became a space for people from within and outside of the community to assess volunteer needs and, as an extension of providing that space, strengthen relationships built after the disaster with the hope of creating an even more unified community. The audio piece includes audio from a YouTube clip of Ray Oldenburg discussing his philosophy of 'the third place,' comments made by Wally Bazemore, a Red Hook community organizer, at a New School University event, and an interview with Frances Medina of RHI.
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