On the Brink in Brownsville

On the Brink in Brownsville

May 1, 2014 | by Mosi Secret | The New York Times Magazine

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In this New York Times Magazine article, Mosi Secret describes Brownsville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, where nearly 40% of its residents live below the poverty line. The focus of the article is 15-year-old Shamir, who, despite his supportive and educated family, has a hard time resisting the pull of drama and violence in a neighborhood that doesn’t offer much else for teenagers.

In this New York Times Magazine article, Mosi Secret describes Brownsville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, where nearly 40% of its residents live below the poverty line. The focus of the article is 15-year-old Shamir, who, despite his supportive and educated family, has a hard time resisting the pull of drama and violence in a neighborhood that doesn’t offer much else for teenagers. The article provides a glimpse into the everyday life of youth who face the reality of fights on the street rather than recreation centers and other safe spaces.