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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

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Candle lighting ceremony, Manhattan Sephardic Congregation

Candle lighting ceremony, Manhattan Sephardic Congregation


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


Easter Sunday at Our Lady of Lebanon Church

Easter Sunday at Our Lady of Lebanon Church


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

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


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

Photograph taken March 11, 2001.

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

This building held an annex for Empire State College where Mel Rosenthal had his first office as a SUNY...

Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Cambodian immigrants placed in abandoned apartment building in the South Bronx by the well-meaning charity...

The daily domino game in front of the Social Club

The daily domino game in front of the Social Club


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


Palestinian woman with flag

Palestinian woman with flag


Young girl with crossed candles

Young girl with crossed candles


Man holding American flag

Man holding American flag


A Fitting at Four Golden Needles

A Fitting at Four Golden Needles

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Egyptian-American Rug Dealer

Egyptian-American Rug Dealer


Selling Grains at a Grocery Store

Selling Grains at a Grocery Store


Iraqi Muslim Girl in ESL Class

Iraqi Muslim Girl in ESL Class

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

A Friendly Greeting between Josef Thalem and Muhaideen Batah

A Friendly Greeting between Josef Thalem and Muhaideen Batah


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.


St. Athanasia's baseball team

St. Athanasia's baseball team


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


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


African-American congregation in front of church.

African-American congregation in front of church.


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

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


Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble

Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble


Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"

Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"


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

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


Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk

Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk


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

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


Debbie Almontaser with photograph of son Yousif

Debbie Almontaser with photograph of son Yousif


Dr. Al Quasi at work at the Wellness Center for Arab Women

Dr. Al Quasi at work at the Wellness Center for Arab Women


Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

The Graduate

The Graduate

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Mikey Nuñez working in the community garden.

Mikey Nuñez working in the community garden.

I've had that garden in the back for about six years now. I didn't plant that garden to sell anything,...

Life carries on in the War Zone

Life carries on in the War Zone


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.


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.


A Child's Playground. Bathgate Avenue

A Child's Playground. Bathgate Avenue


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


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


Shop keeper, Ana, in front of El Cubano Deli

Shop keeper, Ana, in front of El Cubano Deli


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

The US military leaving the island of Vieques is advocated on the white banner.

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

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


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

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

It says,"Every American Ought to Know What It Says" and depicts a nurse reading a book entitled, "The...

Candido with neighborhood kids

Candido with neighborhood kids

Candido lived in abandoned stores after his building burned down. I was told he was an excellent auto...

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.

Decals in windows of deserted building hide the truth and portray a false picture of domestic tranquility....

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

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


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

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


Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.

Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.


[Young man dancing at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Young man dancing at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Women hugging and clapping at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Women hugging and clapping at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Women pinning gold coins to bride's dress at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Women pinning gold coins to bride's dress at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Groom's mother guarding the wedding cakes at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Groom's mother guarding the wedding cakes at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Bride in a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Bride in a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

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