Neighborhood Change and Ethnic Solidarity
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Most of the people I observed were Dominicans, clustered in West Harlem, New York City, a neighborhood adjacent to Washington Heights. 1 There they share apartment buildings, doctors' offices, supermarkets, Laundromats, parks, streets, corners, grocery stores, beauty parlors, restaurants, pollution, nightclubs, churches, and life. In sharing they also create their own social environments, naming their stores after places they left behind in the Dominican Republic, selling and buying yucca from Moca, a town in the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic, or cassaba, a bread made out yucca flour, or home-
Washington Heights, for example, has experienced a transition from a basically white neighborhood to a racially diverse neighborhood since late 1950s and 1960s. Latinos, and specifically Dominicans, are now prevalent in this neighborhood and are contributing to the formation of a new minority neighborhood (Ricourt 1998). New York City neighborhoods have been experiencing great changes, contributing to the reshaping of the city's landscape. Dominicans in New York City, for example, have added a new piece to New York City's mosaic of people, music, food, parades, politicians, and organizations. This neighborhood's demographic transition has been important for the formation of a new ethnicity in the city. Along with these transformations, Dominicans fight social afflictions: poverty, unemployment, drug addiction, illnesses, and other forms of "institutional discrimination" (Massey and Denton 1993:142). In the midst of community struggle, Dominicans make contributions to New York City's ethnic and racial mosaic.