Situation #1: B Same character. By 1982, she is a widow, only child out of the picture, and raising her young grandchild. I believe she would be eligible for old-age social security; would that be enough for her and the kid to live on, or would she have to find some alternative (or supplementary) source of income? If so, does anyone have any idea what that would be?
Situation #2 London, 1975-1987. Middle-class family, second-generation Indian immigrants (i.e., both mother and father are British by birth, born to Indian-by-birth immigrants). One is an academic, the other a working artist; they have two young children, a steady income, and no desire to live in neighborhoods with crime/ethnic tension/what-have-you. Where would they be likely to live? Again, looking not just for facts, but for stories.
Searched: a whole lot of bloody things, but lots of combinations of "Social Security" + "1980s" + "income" + "New York City", "New York City" + "neighborhoods" + "Jewish" + "Polish" + "1940s" + 1980s", "London suburb" + "1980s" + "middle-class"
ETA: I apologize; I was unclear. Character #1 moved to NYC and settled into [whatever neighborhood] in 1940s, but I'm looking for descriptions/resident experiences for that same neighborhood in the mid 1980s.