Greg with his son Jaivyn, who were spending the afternoon working on their Chevy Nova. Greg, who lived in St. Albans his whole life, witnessed many of his neighbors lose their homes throughout the housing crisis.
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Addisleigh Park,  small western enclave, of St. Albans. It is a U.S. historic district where many notable African Americans have lived including James Brown, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Jackie Robinson and many more.

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Owned by Ed Jackson, world renowned saxaphonist, Jackson Room hosts world class Jazz on the last Saturday of every month. Just above the jazz club is Jackson Tax Service which is also run by Ed and his wife, Adriana.
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Robert Oliver, 88, is the treasurer of the American Legion Benjamin Moore Post 1946 in St. Albans, Queens, New York. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mr. Oliver served in the Korean war in 1952. He has lived in St. Albans for over 50 years.
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Tony Tims has lived in St. Albans, Queens for over 50 years. In the late 60’s, Mr. Tims was present for the original painting of Liberty Rock; representing a symbol of Black power. Mr. Tims remembers using a bucket of green paint from his father's garage to help finish the base. Before it was painted, it was a memorial for veterans of the United States Armed Forces who resided in Southeast Queens.

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The former home of Count Basie in Addisleigh Park of St. Albans, Queens. Mr. Basie purchased the home in 1946 and lived there until 1982. He and Lena Horne were the first notable African-Americans to live in Addisleigh Park.

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Janice Clark, born and raised in Brooklyn, has lived in St. Albans, Queens for nearly 30 years. Since 1994, Janice has worked at the St. Albans Congregational Church as a program and event coordinator; which are just a couple of her many job titles there.
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My Grandmother's couch in the home she's owned for over 20 years and where I grew up.

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In 2010, Queens accounted for 56% of Foreclosed homes in New York City, with a high concentration in Southeast Queens where St. Albans is located. In 2016, Queens represented 42%, down from 56% in 2010, of first time foreclosures in New York City; with 84 new foreclosures, St. Albans, along with Jamaica and Hollis in southeast Queens, are considered hotspots.

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Mignone, from Haiti, at the Maranatha French SDA Church in St. Albans. 

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John's Barbershop.


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The former home of world heavyweight boxer, Joe Louis, and his second wife, Rose Morgan. On Christmas day in 1955, Joe and Rose had their wedding ceremony in this home.
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John Lundy, 91, at the barbershop he's owned for over 50 years. Mr. Lundy served in the Navy during WW2 and was a member of the Navy boxing team throughout his service. He was the last longest running business until his retirement in 2015.
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Grover C Wallace real estate closed down after Mr. Wallace passed away in 2009.
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The park is named after Daniel M. O’Connell (1900-1918), a native of New York City who gave his life for his country in World War I. O’Connell Playground opened on July 15, 1934, and is one of nine playgrounds that were built by Parks through the War Memo
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St. Albans Lady Trojans before practice at St. Albans memorial park.
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Tasha Stoudymire and her daughters, Amani and Asadah, in St. Albans, Queens. Tasha, is a photographer and also runs her own after school program, Joy in the City After School, here in the community.
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Mayville Street.

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Ms. Laborde and Ms. Marlene, from Trinidad and Tobago, were my daycare providers in St. Albans, Queens. They have been running the daycare program together, in Ms. Laborde's home, for nearly 30 years.
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Jaquai Parks, winner of the MVP award in the B.A.C.E 14U tournament at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in St. Albans. It has been ten years since the tournament was run by B.A.C.E founder, Charles Coleman. Former players of the tournament, then kids and now parents, approached him to bring it back to teach their kids how to respect the game.
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NU-Clear Cleaners on Linden Blvd. The cleaners is known mostly for it's unique weekly sales and an appearance in A Tribe Called Quests' "Check the Rhime" music video. Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi all lived in St. Albans.

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Earz, a member of the Bike Stars, doing a burnout in Addisleigh Park. The Bike Stars are a dirt bike and atv collective predominantly based in southeast Queens.

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Hilburn Avenue.

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Abigail, one of the younger members of the Youth and Tennis Academy at Roy Wilkins Park. The Youth and Tennis Academy, was founded in 1972 and the only black owned tennis program in Queens.
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Reverend Simmons, born and raised in North Carolina, has been a minister of the St. Albans Congregational Church since 1991. When many of the notable black entertainers and athletes lived in the community, SACC grew to become a wealthy black church.
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Brinkerhoff Avenue

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Illinois Jacquet on a mural originally painted by Joe Stephenson in 1983. The entire mural highlights Black athletes and musical entertainers who’ve lived in St. Albans during the 40s, the 50s and 60s –– it reads at the top “St. Albans’ Greatest: They All Lived Here”. –– James Brown, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Jackie Robinson and a few others are painted on this mural. Longtime residents of this community hold a great level of respect for the culture built upon the presence of these people.
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Since the 1940's, St. Albans was one of the few places in New York City in the 20th century where black people could pursue the American dream of homeownership and running their own business. Located in Southeast Queens, the predominantly African-American and Caribbean-American working and middle-class neighborhood is known by locals for its pride, strength, unity and for housing several black entertainers and athletes. James Brown, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, and Jackie Robinson are just a few of the notable people who’ve lived here at some point. The rich history of this community makes me feel fortunate to call it my hometown.


The 2008 housing crisis heavily struck St. Albans and transformed the community from being the heart of the American dream for Black Americans to the heart of mortgage fraud. Black communities throughout NYC were targeted by banks with predatory loans, nearly six times more than the White communities affected. The neighbors I expected to stay forever had moved, businesses closed or downsized, and the upkeep of many homes were not at their best. Nearly 10 years later the effects of the housing crisis still exist; however the positive qualities of this community can still be found.


Through portraiture, still life, and landscape, this work celebrates the richness of St. Albans in the midst of lingering effects of the housing crisis; both literally and metaphorically. 

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