chapter  1
Defining Place: Crown Heights and the Coal Mines of Western Pennsylvania
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One year after the 1991 riots in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I brought my boyfriend Jack to visit the neighborhood for the first time. Before we even stepped out of the car, a police vehicle pulled up next to us and asked what we were doing there. I said I was showing this boy from northern Michigan the place where I grew up. My explanation satisfied them, and they drove on.