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Mel Rosenthal in his old bedroom in the South Bronx

Mel Rosenthal in his old bedroom in the South Bronx

Men observe the call to prayer, Astroland Amusement Park, Coney Island

Men observe the call to prayer, Astroland Amusement Park, Coney Island

Taking communion, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, March 11, 2001

Taking communion, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, March 11, 2001

Little girl lighting candles, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Little girl lighting candles, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Easter Sunday at Our Lady of Lebanon Church

Easter Sunday at Our Lady of Lebanon Church

Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, The Patriarch of Antioch and All of the East, at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral of the Maronite Church

Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, The Patriarch of Antioch and All of the East, at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral of the Maronite Church

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Mel Rosenthal
In the 1970s, inner cities all over the United States...
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Clinic had a milk program for the children of the neighborhood

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Clinic had a milk program for the children of the neighborhood

Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Mikey Nuñez working in the community garden.

Mikey Nuñez working in the community garden.

A poster in an evening demonstration (against violence and drug use) featuring a silhouette of a long knife and pictures of syringes

A poster in an evening demonstration (against violence and drug use) featuring a silhouette of a long knife and pictures of syringes

People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".

People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".

Near Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.

Near Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.

Storefronts on East 173rd Street. One with a German Shepard behind the roll-down gate.

Storefronts on East 173rd Street. One with a German Shepard behind the roll-down gate.

Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk

Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk

Priest and teens on sidewalk with African- American woman walking by

Priest and teens on sidewalk with African- American woman walking by

Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.

Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.

Among the Last Residents, Mother and daughter, East 173rd Street

Among the Last Residents, Mother and daughter, East 173rd Street

Venerable architecture of the period, slated for destruction, Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street

Venerable architecture of the period, slated for destruction, Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street

Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"

Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"

"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign

"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign

South of Cross Bronx Expressway, decals belie the truth of destruction for suburban commuters.

South of Cross Bronx Expressway, decals belie the truth of destruction for suburban commuters.

Paulina in front of the Social Club before it got demolished.

Paulina in front of the Social Club before it got demolished.

The daily domino game in front of the Social Club

The daily domino game in front of the Social Club

Candido with neighborhood kids

Candido with neighborhood kids

Large, four foot, poster on the side of a building.

Large, four foot, poster on the side of a building.

Teens clean up the rubble in order to create a neighborhood garden.

Teens clean up the rubble in order to create a neighborhood garden.

Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble

Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble

Fourth of July, hanging out on the stoop of their apartment house

Fourth of July, hanging out on the stoop of their apartment house

South Bronx site of the 1980 "People's Convention" in opposition to the Democratic Party's nominating convention downtown

South Bronx site of the 1980 "People's Convention" in opposition to the Democratic Party's nominating convention downtown

Girls posing in front of the Junior High School on Third Avenue

Girls posing in front of the Junior High School on Third Avenue

Paulina and her dog, Bathgate Avenue

Paulina and her dog, Bathgate Avenue

African-American congregation in front of church.

African-American congregation in front of church.

Cambodian Buddhist Monastery in the South Bronx

Cambodian Buddhist Monastery in the South Bronx

The man had left the neighborhood years ago, but came back for drinks every Friday evening

The man had left the neighborhood years ago, but came back for drinks every Friday evening

Mikey at the bar, next to my photographs. I loved hanging out, having a beer, taking pictures, listening to what people said about the neighbor-hood. People were open and generous with me

Mikey at the bar, next to my photographs. I loved hanging out, having a beer, taking pictures, listening to what people said about the neighbor-hood. People were open and generous with me

Shop keeper in the next-to-last store on the block. Six months later the store was bulldozed.

Shop keeper in the next-to-last store on the block. Six months later the store was bulldozed.

Shop keeper, Ana, in front of El Cubano Deli

Shop keeper, Ana, in front of El Cubano Deli

When I looked for her to give her the picture, her building had burned and she had moved

When I looked for her to give her the picture, her building had burned and she had moved

St. Athanasia's baseball team

St. Athanasia's baseball team

She had been left behind when her family and friends moved out of the neighborhood

She had been left behind when her family and friends moved out of the neighborhood

Kids fencing, Bathgate Avenue and 174th St.

Kids fencing, Bathgate Avenue and 174th St.

A Child's Playground. Bathgate Avenue

A Child's Playground. Bathgate Avenue

Mother and daughter pause in the ruins, which is still their home, Claremont Parkway.

Mother and daughter pause in the ruins, which is still their home, Claremont Parkway.

One of the high school students told me she was going to be a dental assistant. The other two said they wanted to be models.

One of the high school students told me she was going to be a dental assistant. The other two said they wanted to be models.

Among the Last Residents, their playground: Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.

Among the Last Residents, their playground: Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.

Among the last residents, [an] African-American boy standing in rubble, his "neighborhood," with abandoned buildings in the background.

Among the last residents, [an] African-American boy standing in rubble, his "neighborhood," with abandoned buildings in the background.

Life carries on in the War Zone

Life carries on in the War Zone

Girl on roller blades, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Girl on roller blades, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

B & B Electronics Owner, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with photographs of himself in Jerusalem before emigration

B & B Electronics Owner, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with photographs of himself in Jerusalem before emigration

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