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Setting: East New York, New Lots
OK, so I'm here with another question related to the US. Right now I'm working on a post-apocalyptic steampunk/biopunk retelling of Oliver Twist which is set after a global nuclear war destroyed the centre of New York City. After the war, the city of New York as a whole has now become much smaller and consists of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Brooklyn has become a separate city again. The story's written as the diary of the Artful Dodger. Fagin's gang, which in this version includes girls, hide out in a warehouse in East New York (New Lots area) which has grown steadily worse.
What is it actually like to live in East New York? Specifically the New Lots section. What's the culture of the area like beyond the bad reputation? Is it one of those places where there's a strong sense of community? Do different ethnic groups tend to stick together or mix easily? Are there any other things about this area that I should know if I want to write an accurate, non-biased, without Unfortunate-Implications story set there?
Thanks in advance (and apologies if I accidentally offend anyone).
- What's it like to live in East New York?