The New Deal
was a federal program during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration that
(among other things) put millions of unemployed people to work creating
public works to improve the lives of ordinary people.
Read more in
the Text resources.
When I moved to the Bronx in 2012 I quickly realized I was
surrounded by New Deal projects on every side, and I started to
photograph them and put the photos on a single web page (New Deal Projects in the Bronx). Before long the
scope of the project expanded to the extent that it needed a front page like
this one to organize all the pieces. I believe it is important that in
these times of unprecedented economic disparity and destruction of the
working and middle classes that everybody in the USA should know the history
of the New Deal because another New Deal is exactly what we need today.
Click on the following images and see what
what was accomplished in just one city in the 1930s and early 40s when the
government put ordinary people first.
Thanks to Peter da Cruz
for his collaboration on the Van Cortlandt Park
Aleida Morel for making the June
26, 2016, photos possible: Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Ferry Point Park,
Francis Lewis Park, Astoria Park and Pool, and the Queens end of the
Triborough Bridge; and to Gray Brechin and Richard Walker of the
Deal for making the May 2017 Pelham Bay / Split Rock photos possible.