On Friday George Carroll, 42, a writer and actor had just left dinner with his wife, Christina Romero Carroll, when they came across a group of people. They were walking down Monitor Street, the block that they loved on in Greenpoint, where they passed a group of men near a SUV. Carroll and one of the men locked eyes and the was confronted with “what are you looking at?” Carroll responded with “I’m…looking at you.” He was then chased and stabbed. As the men took off in the SUV. Carroll was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Carrolls moved six months ago from Cypress Hills for what they thought was a safer area. Police handcuffed two young men of color and took them in for questioning. Neighbors talked off camera about rowdy teens who smoked weed in the park and in front of the school.
James Pyecka has a show about gentrification called Liv’in The Dream at the NY Summerfest addressing this issue. Here is his newest article on the subject that we are publishing in light of what happened to George Carroll. Maybe this will make a difference.
I remember a quote that Michelle Obama made to The Denver Post on making history as America’s first black First Lady. She said “After 8 years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.” With an incredible amount of respect, I say I am neither Michelle Obama, the former First Lady or Black, but I feel the very same thing sometimes living in the inner city of New York City. I love this country and what it stands for. And I love New York City in all it’s diversity. In my small way, as an artist and an observer, I am trying to offer a glint of hope to help this ever changing world move closer together in harmony. As a part of humanity, I choose to make a conscience difference. We are not as different as we choose to believe. Our outward perceptions, many times fool us. In my over 50 years on this planet, I have never seen a more separated world. Maybe “disconnected” is a better word. Our technology has offered many opportunities, but has also taken away a lot of social nuances. When I say world, I mean my world New York City. But this microcosm of America enables me to see in full intensity the pattern that America is falling into. The Republicans, the Democrats, the rich, the poor, the Black, the white, the Dominicans, the Mexicans…. we are divided as never before. Economically and socially. And with the stress of day to day survival, people are getting more and more aggressive, impatient, and are choosing to stay in their own