There is much to miss in a world rich with information. For everything that is revealed, something else is covered over and something vital is lost. In reaching out for understanding, sometimes we reach past wellsprings of knowledge that sit peacefully in their living rooms next door. The citizens of the Styvesant Heights block association know this and have made moves to amplify the wise voices of history.
Some months ago I had the great honor of recording interviews with some of the pillars of Stuyvesant Heights. These are men and women who have seen the neighborhood transform over the decades, people who have made contributions that have improved the lives of their neighbors.