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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Facebook Live Video from 2021/03/02 - How New York's Community Institutions Have Been Responding to the Pandemic

Facebook Live Video from 2021/03/02 - How New York's Community Institutions Have Been Responding to the Pandemic


2021/03/02 - How New York's Community Institutions Have Been Responding to the Pandemic

[NEW EPISODE] How New York's Community Institutions Have Been Responding to the Pandemic

On this week’s show we will look at how some of New York’s local community institutions have been responding to the pandemic. My guests will be Robert Snyder, Author, Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Journalism at Rutgers University and the Manhattan Borough Historian, and Victoria Neznansky, Chief Development and Social Services Officer at the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, located in and serving a community that has been especially hard hit by COVID.

Tune in for this fascinating conversation at or watch the Facebook Livestream by clicking here.

Show Notes

Segment 1

In tonight‘s episode we’re going to talk about Nonprofit organizations that have had a hand in helping New Yorkers during this pandemic our first guest tonight is Robert Snyder. Robert is a successful writer Who has published a number of books such as Crossing Broadway in Washington Heights and the promise of New York and many more. Robert grew up in suburbia but his family has many routes in New York. His grandmother grew up in the Bronx and his parents were New Yorkers. Robert's passion for history was always apparent but started to grow during the Vietnam war when he wanted to know the reason behind it. The flu pandemic of the 19 century and the pandemic we’re facing now has strong similarities. We are using some of the same practices social distancing mask-wearing. Crowding was one of the ways the flu spread whether it was in tournaments and troop ships. In 1918 kids were encouraged to go to school because it was seen as a safer place for children to be than for them to be home. Responses to the flu were left to the people of the city because the government was more focused on World War I. During the 19 century New York had departments that handled the Health system ,Settlement house worker is visiting nurses, Reformers working to save the people of New York City and it laid the foundation of the public health system we have today.

Segment 2

Some of the organizations are providing help through this pandemic for the local communities are The Northern Monahan improvement incorporation. Founded during the 1970s. The Covid NYC documentary project it’s a network of historians activists Photographers etc.Who started meeting last April. This project helps record the pandemic so in the future we don’t repeat our mistakes and handle a state of emergency better and begin the work to make sure if something like this does not happen again. Digital production is really a big part of capturing what’s going on with the black lives matter movement as well as the pandemic itself. And that way we can kind of put together a time capsule to Help better understand what is going on right now.

Segment 3

Second guest is Victoria Neznansky,Came to New York in 1989.Victoria came to New York because it was a city of dreams and they were very welcoming to refugees.Victoria has a degree in social work from NYU. She was witnessed to the trauma and heartbreak that immigration can cause.That’s when she decided that she wanted to devote her career to helping immigrants. The Y was established in 1917. She started working at the Y in 2009. She was drawn to it because it was a place where refugees from World war one would find refuge. The idea that they could reset somewhere and have a better life in New York really caught her attention and that’s why she wanted to be a part of it. The Y has many programs for Holocaust survivors, The staff only spoke German and they did the same thr Dominicans who came to the US. The Y has adapted to the people that need it and that’s what makes it so successful. Whether they’re helping teens or early childhood development they have a team ready for all aspects of life that they assist with. 

Segment 4

As a local community organization, the Y struggled during this pandemic. Overnight people lost their health and their lives there jobs. The Y Felt the need so strongly during the pandemic so they stepped into action. They were able to pay local restaurants and just keep the community working. Since the kitchen at the Y was closed because of Covid. They reached out to local restaurants to get food out to those who needed it. They got a list together of the most vulnerable sinners and started delivering meals to them. They served 300 seniors. They were able to get half $1 million to give out to the families in need. This organization and many others like it just go to show that New York does what it needs to do to keep their city alive.


00:00:41.670 --> 00:00:42.840 Jeff Goodman: Hello everyone.

00:00:44.490 --> 00:00:52.800 Jeff Goodman: i'll start that again Hello everyone, welcome to our listeners to the big apple from across the US and around the world i'm Jeff Goodman, and this is rediscovering New York.

00:00:53.520 --> 00:00:58.500 Jeff Goodman: professionally i'm a real estate broker with brown Harris Stevens, but our show is not about real estate.

00:00:59.070 --> 00:01:04.080 Jeff Goodman: rediscovering New York is a weekly program about the history texture and vibe of our amazing city.

00:01:04.890 --> 00:01:13.860 Jeff Goodman: And we do it through interviews with historians local business owners nonprofit organizations preservationists musicians and artists and occasional elected official.

00:01:14.820 --> 00:01:22.770 Jeff Goodman: On some shows we focus on an individual New York neighborhood we explore its history and its current energy what makes that particular New York neighborhood special.

00:01:23.670 --> 00:01:32.910 Jeff Goodman: On some shows like tonight's we host an episode about an interesting and vital color the city and sometimes its history that's not focused on one particular neighborhood.

00:01:33.750 --> 00:01:42.090 Jeff Goodman: On prior episodes we've covered topics as diverse and illuminating as American presidents who came from lived in or had some interesting history here in the city.

00:01:42.720 --> 00:01:46.650 Jeff Goodman: we've talked about the history of women activists and the women's suffrage movement in New York.

00:01:47.280 --> 00:01:56.460 Jeff Goodman: we've looked at the history of different immigrant communities actually in the past with one of the guests tonight we've looked at the history of the city's LGBT community, the gay rights movement.

00:01:57.180 --> 00:02:01.170 Jeff Goodman: we've looked at bicycles and cycling, the history of punk and opera in New York.

00:02:01.860 --> 00:02:09.150 Jeff Goodman: And we also looked at our public libraries, we have three of them, by the way, New York has three public library systems, not one, not two.

00:02:09.780 --> 00:02:15.300 Jeff Goodman: We visited the subway the public art and the subway some of our greatest train stations and even some of our bridges.

00:02:16.170 --> 00:02:24.750 Jeff Goodman: After the broadcast you can catch our show on podcast we're on apple spotify Amazon podcasts stitcher Google podcasts and other services.

00:02:25.230 --> 00:02:34.320 Jeff Goodman: Tonight, is one of those special shows where we don't cover a particular neighborhood and this show is a little bit somber but it's also full of hope.

00:02:35.280 --> 00:02:46.140 Jeff Goodman: New York like much of the world and much event of the United States has been ravaged by the coven pandemic Community new Yorkers have succumbed many have gotten ill.

00:02:46.770 --> 00:02:56.460 Jeff Goodman: And it is thanks to no small part to the good works of important organizations and great people who serve people of the city that the city is response to coven.

00:02:57.210 --> 00:03:05.160 Jeff Goodman: has been stellar i'm mostly from the nonprofit private sector and we're going to focus on a couple of different aspects of it we're going to look at how.

00:03:05.640 --> 00:03:17.100 Jeff Goodman: organizations in general have responded to the pandemic and also look at the history of organizations and how they've responded in the past and then we're going to have a special interview with someone who represents.

00:03:17.940 --> 00:03:24.330 Jeff Goodman: A local community organization, who has responded to providing services to the pandemic with flying colors.

00:03:25.380 --> 00:03:38.580 Jeff Goodman: My first guest, and now I can say is a regular rediscovering New York he's Robert snyder Dr Robert Steiner, that is he's the Manhattan borough historian and Professor emeritus of American studies in journalism and rutgers University in New York.

00:03:39.690 --> 00:03:55.110 Jeff Goodman: rob is the author of crossing broadway Washington Heights and the promise of New York and, most recently, he co authored all the nations under heaven immigrants migrants and making up New York, both of which, by the way, we're subjects of other shows that we have in our in our library.

00:03:56.220 --> 00:04:02.250 Jeff Goodman: rob is a member of the New York Academy of history and in 2016 was a Fulbright lecturer and American studies in South Korea.

00:04:03.030 --> 00:04:13.200 Jeff Goodman: He was appointed to the position of Manhattan borough historian by our great borough President gale brewer and that was in 2019 Dr Robert snyder a hearty welcome back to rediscovering New York.

00:04:13.590 --> 00:04:14.940 Robert Snyder: Thank you i'm glad to be back.

00:04:15.480 --> 00:04:16.650 Jeff Goodman: Are you originally from the city.

00:04:17.280 --> 00:04:24.210 Robert Snyder: I was born in the bronx but I grew up in the north Jersey suburbs and my parents were both new Yorkers and they always told stories about.

00:04:24.570 --> 00:04:34.740 Robert Snyder: The city, they were very fond of the city and I had a grandmother living in the bronx in the 60s and 70s, so the city is always a big presence in my life, even though I was a suburban kid.

00:04:36.000 --> 00:04:43.350 Jeff Goodman: When did you first become interested in the study of history and then in the study of the history of this amazing city that we live in.

00:04:43.920 --> 00:04:53.850 Robert Snyder: I always had an interest in history, from the time I was a child, it was just something that engrossed me what came before what happened before we got here how did it shape the world that we lived in.

00:04:54.240 --> 00:05:03.150 Robert Snyder: That got sharpened during the mid to late 60s during the Vietnam War when I started to ask questions about why we were in this war and did we need to be in this war.

00:05:03.690 --> 00:05:12.990 Robert Snyder: What drew my attention to New York City, I think, was the crisis years in the early 1970s, I had almost all my family had lived in New York at one time or another.

00:05:13.320 --> 00:05:19.140 Robert Snyder: And I had a grandmother living in the hybrid section of the bronx and her life got really hard there and.

00:05:19.830 --> 00:05:30.780 Robert Snyder: I kept wondering what happened to the city in the 60s and 70s would explain the rise in crime what explained the difficulties that she went through and that got me interested in the history of the city.

00:05:31.440 --> 00:05:42.570 Robert Snyder: And that was shopping when I went to graduate school at New York University in the history department, where Tom bender Danny Walker wits and RON really great professors who all taught me aspects of urban history.

00:05:43.680 --> 00:05:51.330 Jeff Goodman: Well, being the the Manhattan borough historian is quite an honor what what was the process of the journey that that led you to to the Chair.

00:05:52.080 --> 00:06:02.160 Robert Snyder: The borough President heard me speak a couple times once about crossing broadway once about john James autobahn and his role and Washington heights and she then.

00:06:02.610 --> 00:06:13.110 Robert Snyder: buttonholed me through my wife and asked me if I wanted it and I did because I didn't want to do something after teaching at rutgers that would be of service to New York City and that's what i'm trying to do today.

00:06:13.920 --> 00:06:17.130 Jeff Goodman: And it's hard to say nail it's hard to say no to gale brewer when she has.

00:06:20.010 --> 00:06:32.250 Jeff Goodman: And i'm pleased, not that this is a political show, but I hope she decides to stay in public service by running for another office after our term limits keep her from running for a third term is borough President.

00:06:33.780 --> 00:06:45.150 Jeff Goodman: That brings us to coven rob um it's not such a great subject to talk about as we're still going through it um, but I think there's a perspective that we can give it here that's different from.

00:06:46.020 --> 00:06:50.160 Jeff Goodman: Both either looking back at historical event on a future episode of the show.

00:06:51.150 --> 00:06:57.750 Jeff Goodman: You know we're still in the thick of it, even though we can see the clearing in the distance, especially with the announcement today that the President expects that.

00:06:58.350 --> 00:07:08.940 Jeff Goodman: Nearly all Americans will be able to be vaccinated by the end of May, which is good news indeed i'm speaking of historical perspective, though I do want to look back at the flu pandemic from a century ago.

00:07:11.910 --> 00:07:19.530 Jeff Goodman: it's mentioned a lot now but it's not really discussed in the manner I wanted to speak about it with you, we hear about the pandemic.

00:07:19.920 --> 00:07:27.270 Jeff Goodman: And we hear about an occasional you know, without a super spreader event like what happened in that infamous parade in Philadelphia, the end of the First World War.

00:07:28.050 --> 00:07:37.500 Jeff Goodman: But something we don't hear about all that much or comparisons, we hear about the number of deaths, but we don't hear a lot about the comparisons of how people and how new Yorkers.

00:07:37.950 --> 00:07:52.680 Jeff Goodman: responded to the flu pandemic, then, and how they're responding to those organizations are responding to cove it now as a city what i've been it's a loaded question you know what would you say the similarities and how and how organizations are dealing with the pandemic now.

00:07:53.430 --> 00:07:58.410 Robert Snyder: Well what's similar, it is striking to me is that a lot of the settlement houses and public health programs.

00:07:58.710 --> 00:08:06.990 Robert Snyder: That date to the early 20th century which were often established to deal with tuberculosis and then were applied to deal with the pandemic and 1918.

00:08:07.320 --> 00:08:18.420 Robert Snyder: Some of those practices and institutions are still helping us today settlement houses, like the Henry street settlement house practices like social distancing practices like masking these were used in.

00:08:19.860 --> 00:08:27.600 Robert Snyder: And they are now being applied effectively today, and I think New York City benefits a lot from a public health infrastructure that was laid.

00:08:27.840 --> 00:08:36.630 Robert Snyder: More than a century ago, that can still be applied today to help us in the pandemic that's one of the sources of strength of the city and it's worth thinking very seriously.

00:08:37.860 --> 00:08:44.790 Jeff Goodman: What our do is there a lot of historical record from people who at settlement houses.

00:08:45.150 --> 00:08:52.260 Jeff Goodman: Who serve people in communities in those days, did they write down a lot to we do we know what they went through to me because you know.

00:08:52.620 --> 00:09:01.410 Jeff Goodman: there's no one left now who who work, then I mean there are a few people who are alive, then, but certainly no one who would remember those times from a from a service standpoint.

00:09:01.890 --> 00:09:03.540 Robert Snyder: Yes, the settlement house workers of.

00:09:04.500 --> 00:09:13.950 Robert Snyder: were highly articulate they were prolific writers, they knew that they were on the cutting edge of reform movements in their time they believed passionately in their purpose.

00:09:14.310 --> 00:09:23.370 Robert Snyder: And they went out to serve the public often basically just by comforting people in very difficult circumstances they weren't antibiotics that they could administer.

00:09:23.640 --> 00:09:32.460 Robert Snyder: To help people suffering in the flu pandemic, so instead they comforted him, they did what they could to keep them nourished to keep them in the best housing possible.

00:09:32.820 --> 00:09:47.820 Robert Snyder: And that helped people get through, there was a terrible loss of life, you don't want to make light of that there were 3000 people who died in New York City in the flu pandemic, but it would have been worse, without the public health measures that we saw in the city.

00:09:50.070 --> 00:09:54.810 Jeff Goodman: Communities of color have been hit especially hard in the pandemic now.

00:09:56.070 --> 00:10:16.350 Jeff Goodman: I want to ask you about the impact that these organizations had on disadvantaged communities in a century ago, actually, specifically the impact that the pandemic had on disadvantaged communities with today hit those communities harder than then then communities that were not poor.

00:10:16.740 --> 00:10:26.190 Robert Snyder: They hit immigrants and people who are crowded, particularly in lower Manhattan very, very hard crowding was one of the ways that the flu spread it spread and tenements.

00:10:26.520 --> 00:10:41.670 Robert Snyder: It also spread on troop ships that were headed to the battlefields of Europe loaded with US troops and between crowded housing conditions and troop ships that's how the pandemic spread in 1918.

00:10:42.180 --> 00:10:53.160 Robert Snyder: One of the things about 1918 that's fascinating is that children were encouraged to go to school, and one of the reasons for that was in school, they would be often in a healthier environment than they were at home.

00:10:53.520 --> 00:11:04.050 Robert Snyder: and teachers and health officials could minister to them in schools and help them in in many cases, reduce the risk that they faced, so there was a certain logic in.

00:11:05.370 --> 00:11:06.780 Robert Snyder: to keeping the schools open.

00:11:08.010 --> 00:11:18.570 Jeff Goodman: One thing we see in some of those historic pictures some of the photographs, it seemed like everyone was wearing a mask did almost everybody wear a mask in public back.

00:11:18.870 --> 00:11:22.860 Robert Snyder: Back in those days, where you were in fact in some cities, they were again.

00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:33.000 Robert Snyder: You know people complaining about masks beefing about masks in Philadelphia, there was a huge parade connected with the war which functioned as a super spreader event.

00:11:33.390 --> 00:11:46.890 Robert Snyder: There was a very uneven response to the flu pandemic in 19 1818 and I think that's for two reasons, one, the country was focused on fighting World War one the Wilson administration was focused on fighting World War one.

00:11:47.190 --> 00:11:53.250 Robert Snyder: And there was not an alert and vigilant press covering the pandemic, it was a great deal of censorship.

00:11:53.550 --> 00:12:04.020 Robert Snyder: During the fighting of World War one so cities states were left on their own and they had to improvise their own responses to the pandemic, and that is one of the things that drove.

00:12:04.320 --> 00:12:20.100 Robert Snyder: The level of deaths higher it has a certain comparison that can be made to earlier phases in the pandemic in the US when public information was very unreliable and uncertain and people didn't quite know what to do and the stumbled forward in a very difficult situation.

00:12:21.300 --> 00:12:23.850 Jeff Goodman: Did New York City have a Department of Health at that time.

00:12:24.690 --> 00:12:36.810 Robert Snyder: It had municipal departments that handled, public health and also had a very vibrant kind of public sector of settlement house workers visiting nurses reformers who eagerly took up the job of.

00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:44.460 Robert Snyder: working to safeguard the health of people in New York City and it laid the foundation for the public health system that we have today in New York.

00:12:45.390 --> 00:12:52.260 Jeff Goodman: i'm gonna ask a clinical question were there any drugs at all that could help treat symptoms of the flu pandemic hundred years ago.

00:12:52.950 --> 00:13:03.840 Robert Snyder: The problem with the flu pandemic 100 years ago is that people would get the flu, the flu didn't get you then you could get pneumonia and that would get you and they did not have antibiotics my own grandfather was in the US army and 1918.

00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:11.820 Robert Snyder: He was slated to be shipped to Europe and they left them in a base in the New York City metropolitan area because they assumed he would die of the flu.

00:13:12.180 --> 00:13:17.970 Robert Snyder: He didn't die of the flu he survived and he finished out the war years working as a transit worker in New York City.

00:13:18.390 --> 00:13:30.660 Robert Snyder: But that whole among troops was particularly bad because they were packed into barracks then they were marched the troops ships and packed into troop ships and in both those situations that disease spread really easily.

00:13:32.760 --> 00:13:40.980 Jeff Goodman: And then, of course, it should no one could be vaccinated because they didn't have vaccines, but I suppose it just when its course after 675,000 Americans done.

00:13:41.430 --> 00:13:51.780 Robert Snyder: It did it it ran a course and what's so strange about it is that you had 670 5000 Americans died globally, maybe 50 million people died.

00:13:52.020 --> 00:14:06.360 Robert Snyder: In New York City some 30,000 people died, but there was very little if any public recognition of their deaths, there is not one monument in the State of New York, that we can find to the dead of the pandemic of 1918.

00:14:07.770 --> 00:14:22.500 Robert Snyder: people died and then they suffered in private and then went on, with their lives, and I think that is one of the things that distinguishes 1918 from today already people are starting to commemorate the data, the pandemic can, I think, overall I think that's a healthy thing.

00:14:23.160 --> 00:14:33.210 Jeff Goodman: And we're going to talk about that in the second part of our of our chat and a couple of minutes now, one thing I do want to say about memorialization is my father's sister.

00:14:33.990 --> 00:14:37.380 Jeff Goodman: died of leukemia in the 40s and he told me he went to visit.

00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:52.740 Jeff Goodman: Her grave with my grandmother, and he went, it was a cemetery in Queens and he was just walking around and all of a sudden, they were all of these tombstones about people who died at the end of 1918 in the early 1919 and he realized that it was it was it was from the pandemic.

00:14:54.270 --> 00:15:08.910 Jeff Goodman: we're going to take a short break and when we come back we're going to continue our conversation about new Yorkers response to coven with Dr Robert snyder rob Dr Robert snyder sorry about that he's the Manhattan borough historian will be back in a moment, great.

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00:18:04.860 --> 00:18:11.430 Jeff Goodman: Hello we're back in your factory discovering New York and our episode about new Yorkers responses to coven.

00:18:11.820 --> 00:18:18.090 Jeff Goodman: My first guest is Dr Robert Steiner rob is the Manhattan borough historian and the author of some great books.

00:18:18.630 --> 00:18:29.160 Jeff Goodman: Including crossing broadway Washington Heights and the promise of New York, and also all the nations under heaven immigrants migrants in the making of New York i'm proud to say that they're both in my library.

00:18:30.540 --> 00:18:34.650 Jeff Goodman: rob before we get to talking about documenting the pandemic, which I want to ask you about.

00:18:36.060 --> 00:18:50.310 Jeff Goodman: Speaking about communities of color and settlement houses from 100 years ago we don't really have settlement houses were providing these many of these services as much as we used to what are some of the organizations, now that are providing services to local communities.

00:18:50.880 --> 00:18:56.340 Robert Snyder: Well, you know the settlement houses or their their function neighborhoods is often different from what it used to be.

00:18:56.640 --> 00:19:06.870 Robert Snyder: But they've been expanded on really added to by organizations that date from the middle of the 20th century, and the use of the urban crisis, the 60s and the 70s and the 80s.

00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:13.920 Robert Snyder: So, for example, the northern Manhattan improvement corporation, is one that dates really to I think the 1970s.

00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:20.850 Robert Snyder: Founded to help Washington heights through all sorts of troubles in that time that's around serving people and helping in the pandemic.

00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:33.240 Robert Snyder: You get similar organizations out in Queens that were established by immigrants who came after 65 so they're playing an important role is a is a dense web of social service organizations in New York City.

00:19:33.570 --> 00:19:45.570 Robert Snyder: That, I think, give us a lot of help, but they need help, in turn, they need funding they need the medical supplies they need to serve people they need food to feed people that the needs are extraordinary.

00:19:45.900 --> 00:19:55.290 Robert Snyder: And they also need to help people with the psychological problems that that had bedevilling them in this pandemic, I mean their crisis really hits folks on multiple levels.

00:19:56.730 --> 00:20:05.760 Jeff Goodman: and thank goodness for the organizations and our second guest on a couple of minutes is going to be someone who's providing some of these very important services actually up North in Washington heights.

00:20:06.120 --> 00:20:16.410 Jeff Goodman: And I want to talk about about documenting the pandemic Rom um what is the covert nyc documentary project, I mean you can guess what it is, but but, but you want to talk a little about it.

00:20:16.830 --> 00:20:21.690 Robert Snyder: Yes, it's a it's a network of historians archivists Community activists.

00:20:22.020 --> 00:20:37.680 Robert Snyder: photographers who started meeting last April, with a big question on our minds, how big is this pandemic, what can we do to most effectively record it so that future historians can understand it write about it, research, it and maybe.

00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:47.850 Robert Snyder: begin the work of trying to make sure that something like this doesn't happen again, so we met virtually back in April of 2020 and.

00:20:48.240 --> 00:20:50.460 Jeff Goodman: Over the summer was early on in the pandemic like.

00:20:51.420 --> 00:20:59.250 Robert Snyder: We had a lot of questions I didn't know anything about pandemics, I didn't know anything about biology I barely knew about the flu, so I began by calling.

00:20:59.550 --> 00:21:10.800 Robert Snyder: Two historians that I know Janet golden just retired from rutgers David rosner still teaching at Columbia and said, can you sit down with a bunch of us and tell us about this kind of.

00:21:11.340 --> 00:21:19.890 Robert Snyder: pandemic and the precedence that it might have in in in the 1918 flu, they were glad to do that, we read their work, and then we just.

00:21:20.520 --> 00:21:25.920 Robert Snyder: did what historians always do, which is trying to figure out comparisons that help us understand things.

00:21:26.310 --> 00:21:36.180 Robert Snyder: And i'll never forget that one josh brown retired from the city university said, I think this is going to be big thing it's going to be big on the scale of the Great Depression and I think josh.

00:21:36.510 --> 00:21:46.740 Robert Snyder: was absolutely correct that the level of upheaval and suffering that we're seeing does compared to the Great Depression and the man's a response on something like that scale.

00:21:47.730 --> 00:21:52.620 Jeff Goodman: Is there an actual organ organization that that is organizing or sponsoring it or is it more like a coalition.

00:21:52.920 --> 00:22:02.820 Robert Snyder: it's a collection of people who work together, I work very closely with Peter ragnar he's the director of the gotham Center for New York City history at the cuny graduate Center.

00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:10.740 Robert Snyder: JESSICA siegel, who is a professor emeritus of journalism at brooklyn College has been helping out and what we've been doing is collecting.

00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:17.730 Robert Snyder: sheets of information from organizations all around the city individuals museums.

00:22:18.450 --> 00:22:27.750 Robert Snyder: Community based organizations that are all in their own ways documenting the pandemic and we put them together on a website we've got more than 20 entries on the website now.

00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:35.100 Robert Snyder: And we hope that researchers will go there and drawn them, we hope that people who want to do projects of their own will go there to get good ideas.

00:22:35.370 --> 00:22:43.500 Robert Snyder: From what other folks are doing and that we can all learn from each other and proceed more effectively as we try to make sense of this very difficult time.

00:22:43.830 --> 00:22:52.860 Robert Snyder: I want to stress that we're interested in the pandemic we're also interested in things that occur in the context of the pandemic, for example, we have an entry for.

00:22:53.460 --> 00:22:59.880 Robert Snyder: A photographer Erica lanza there and award winning photographer who's taken thousands of photos of the black lives matter movement.

00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:12.180 Robert Snyder: Around New York City this past summer and spring that is surely part of what is one of the major reactions to the life of under the pandemic and that's one of the things we want to understand independent its content.

00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:22.680 Jeff Goodman: Is the archive going to be mostly digital, or is there going to be a significant part of the more traditional parts of brick and mortar type of collection activities that archives and even museums.

00:23:23.850 --> 00:23:31.650 Robert Snyder: partaken this is almost all digital there are certainly some physical documents that people are donating to different collections around the city.

00:23:31.860 --> 00:23:40.320 Robert Snyder: But I think one of the things that is striking about this time is how much of the material that is being collected is born digital, for example, the schaumburg.

00:23:41.130 --> 00:23:52.170 Robert Snyder: In Harlem is doing great work looking at websites digital communications of all forms documenting the experiences people of Harlem and throughout the African diaspora with this time.

00:23:52.560 --> 00:24:01.290 Robert Snyder: it's digital production that I think defines people's response to this, along with going into the streets, like the demonstrations we've seen.

00:24:01.680 --> 00:24:18.030 Robert Snyder: and isolating socially from others so there's this very strange combination of being digitally connected socially isolated and seeing movements in the street outside your door that define this time and I think it makes it very unusual and a little disorienting for a lot of people.

00:24:18.810 --> 00:24:30.000 Jeff Goodman: Well, one thing I did notice about the project and reading about it is that it's looking to provide a single digital home has something like this ever been attempted on a on a scale like this before.

00:24:30.480 --> 00:24:40.860 Robert Snyder: There was a great archive put together after September 11 the September 11 digital archive and that collected oral histories graphic designs.

00:24:43.650 --> 00:24:52.200 Robert Snyder: artifacts personal testimony from all around the world front pages of newspapers from all around the world, and that was connected.

00:24:52.650 --> 00:25:09.600 Robert Snyder: By people at the city University of New York, who then donated it to the library of Congress and it's a great resource there, we would hope that someday somebody picks up on the different digital archives that we're identifying all around New York City and gives them one big home.

00:25:11.130 --> 00:25:16.410 Jeff Goodman: One of the goals of the project that I read is to avoid duplication in the project.

00:25:17.460 --> 00:25:31.230 Jeff Goodman: it's something that I wanted to ask you, I know i'm going to sound like a little bit of a Luddite here, how can you do that, in a digital collection, how do you avoid you know how do you avoid duplication what's that process, like to make sure that stuff isn't duplicated.

00:25:31.740 --> 00:25:38.280 Robert Snyder: What we hope is that people become sufficiently aware of what other folks are doing that they don't feel compelled to reinvent the wheel.

00:25:38.550 --> 00:25:49.320 Robert Snyder: But then go ahead and work on projects that are of their interest and of their liking that make distinct contributions, for example, the Columbia University oral history offices doing a.

00:25:49.560 --> 00:25:56.130 Robert Snyder: Big oral History project that doesn't mean that nobody should do an oral History project, it just means carve out a piece of.

00:25:56.370 --> 00:26:04.260 Robert Snyder: That you'll study in oral history that might be different from what they're doing similarly we've got great photographs from Erica lanza of the black lives matter.

00:26:04.800 --> 00:26:17.610 Robert Snyder: matter movement, but I can also think of great photos that have been pulled together by the bloomingdale neighborhood history group about life, specifically on the upper West side and the way it looks in these times, and he has a great way, to be specific.

00:26:18.090 --> 00:26:33.870 Robert Snyder: Asian Pacific American Studies Institute at nyu is looking to interview Asian Pacific American people about their experiences in the pandemic that way we get the broadest coverage possible that's very specific to the many different experiences around the city.

00:26:35.430 --> 00:26:44.910 Jeff Goodman: I This may be a little early to ask, but but has any institution expressed an interest in hosting an actual physical exhibition of new Yorkers responses to come in.

00:26:45.240 --> 00:26:55.530 Robert Snyder: The Museum in the city of New York is done really good work on this already they've actually collected, a lot of good material and they've had an exhibit of their own New York historical has done an exhibit as well.

00:26:56.580 --> 00:27:07.020 Robert Snyder: There was a great project called coven PFC that records people of color is responses to the pandemic they've done work that's been up online So things are brewing and.

00:27:07.410 --> 00:27:13.080 Robert Snyder: Like 911 where there was a flowering of cultural reactions to the disaster at the World Trade Center.

00:27:13.500 --> 00:27:28.680 Robert Snyder: Making of monuments, the making of memorials to people all around the city spontaneously and then from the bottom up, I think we see that again in the time of the pandemic and I think it's a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of new Yorkers that happens.

00:27:29.580 --> 00:27:44.280 Jeff Goodman: Why, I want to go back to the to the flu pandemic 100 years ago and the fact that there was very little memorialization of people who died, why do you think there was, I mean we have this memorialization now, why do you think there was very little or when when next to none 100 years ago.

00:27:45.450 --> 00:27:48.630 Robert Snyder: it's a very good question and it's one that i'm all over a lot.

00:27:49.050 --> 00:27:57.510 Robert Snyder: I think part of it was it got very little recognition from the heights of government people died, but the Wilson administration and frankly other officials.

00:27:57.750 --> 00:28:02.970 Robert Snyder: wanted to focus on winning the First World War, so there was little attention given to the.

00:28:03.450 --> 00:28:14.850 Robert Snyder: lives of those who suffered and died in big public commemorations there are plenty of monuments to the dead of World War one we don't see monuments to people who died in the flu pandemic.

00:28:15.270 --> 00:28:22.470 Robert Snyder: In the same period, there was a sense that a death in the flu pandemic was a private matter, and was also not a heroic matter.

00:28:23.010 --> 00:28:26.970 Robert Snyder: And I think that's why it didn't get as much recognition as it might have.

00:28:27.330 --> 00:28:35.250 Robert Snyder: People suffered in private, when you think about it, they were marriages that were blinded they were children that were orphaned there were people who lost brothers or sisters.

00:28:35.820 --> 00:28:41.640 Robert Snyder: All of these scarred people, but they didn't have a public outlet for it, and I think that's terribly sad.

00:28:42.120 --> 00:28:46.500 Robert Snyder: If you want to look at it in a possibly more optimistic way my son asked me this question.

00:28:46.800 --> 00:28:55.020 Robert Snyder: You said that we've heard of the roaring 20s, is it possible that the 20th roared but people because people were so tired of being suffering.

00:28:55.350 --> 00:29:03.120 Robert Snyder: Under the flu pandemic that they wanted to just let it rip and make music and make art and have a good time and they said, you know I hope that's true.

00:29:03.720 --> 00:29:16.830 Robert Snyder: Because if it is true, we really have something to look forward to think of all the great art in New York City think of the Harlem Renaissance in the 20s think of all that jazz if we have something like that, on the other side of this, I think that will be a really great thing.

00:29:17.160 --> 00:29:29.940 Jeff Goodman: And I think there will be i'm of the belief that there will be we're almost at a time Rom but you know, we have done a different kind of a job and memorializing people who have died.

00:29:31.080 --> 00:29:35.850 Jeff Goodman: Is there a particular obituary that that you have that you think would be really poignant that you'd.

00:29:35.850 --> 00:29:37.050 Jeff Goodman: like to share with our listeners.

00:29:37.440 --> 00:29:45.510 Robert Snyder: You know the the news organization, the city has been working with the Columbia journalism school and the cuny journalism school on a project called missing them.

00:29:45.870 --> 00:29:55.020 Robert Snyder: Where they are trying to provide an obituary for every new yorker who died during the pandemic and I was just going over them today and thinking about them.

00:29:55.950 --> 00:30:06.240 Robert Snyder: I just Bay 60 from brooklyn emergency medical technician he survived 911 went on to work as an EMF training official he died of the pandemic.

00:30:06.900 --> 00:30:17.460 Robert Snyder: Sharon basket of Queen 61 born in Guiana, an educator who taught in brooklyn for 20 years taught kindergarten taught math was a substitute teacher she died.

00:30:18.060 --> 00:30:27.090 Robert Snyder: And Mr Hernandez 57 from brooklyn a bus driver for 15 years checked into my mind at ease medical Center died, the next day, he was a father of two.

00:30:27.570 --> 00:30:32.070 Robert Snyder: Those are three of the just thousands of new Yorkers who passed, and I think it.

00:30:32.850 --> 00:30:41.700 Robert Snyder: is important to note their passing and note that so many of them were people whose jobs required them to go out and interact with the public.

00:30:41.940 --> 00:30:48.090 Robert Snyder: to drive buses to drive trains to teach kids to deliver groceries those are the essential workers.

00:30:48.540 --> 00:30:59.310 Robert Snyder: And I think that they suffered disproportionately and we should always take very seriously, why they died, how they died, and what we need to do to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future.

00:31:00.480 --> 00:31:08.910 Jeff Goodman: Well, thank you for your time on this on the segment of the show, and thank you for the great work that you and your colleagues are doing with the coven nyc documentary project.

00:31:09.420 --> 00:31:17.310 Jeff Goodman: And it's it's, we should not lose sight of the people that we have lost, including the people who have done so much to help keep our city together and.

00:31:18.210 --> 00:31:23.490 Jeff Goodman: On a positive note we're actually going to be talking about some of those services that are being provided to a central workers.

00:31:23.850 --> 00:31:30.870 Jeff Goodman: My first guest on this show about new york's response to coven has been Dr Robert Steiner rob is the Manhattan borough historian.

00:31:31.320 --> 00:31:41.790 Jeff Goodman: And author of some great books, including crossing broadway Washington heights in the promise of New York and all the nations under heaven immigrants migrants and the making of New York rob thanks for being a guest on the show.

00:31:42.120 --> 00:31:43.320 Robert Snyder: Thank you it's always a pleasure.

00:31:43.620 --> 00:31:52.410 Jeff Goodman: we're going to take a short break and when we come back we're going to speak about one of these modern day settlement houses not exactly but similar to, it will be back in a moment.

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00:35:43.950 --> 00:35:49.710 Jeff Goodman: Our second guest on this special program about new york's response to coven is Victoria, and as the penske.

00:35:50.460 --> 00:35:56.280 Jeff Goodman: Victoria has to chief development and social services officer at the why and why why of Washington heights and then, when.

00:35:57.090 --> 00:36:01.230 Jeff Goodman: She was a Jewish refugee from the Ukraine, when it was part of the former Soviet Union.

00:36:01.860 --> 00:36:08.880 Jeff Goodman: she's devoted her clinical career to the field of trauma and immigration and among her accolades was recognition by the US State Department.

00:36:09.210 --> 00:36:13.500 Jeff Goodman: for her outstanding contributions in the US, for her work for human rights and women's empowerment.

00:36:14.430 --> 00:36:24.150 Jeff Goodman: Victoria has developed and oversees social services for vulnerable Community residents children with special needs, early childhood social work, education and supervision at the y.

00:36:24.840 --> 00:36:29.910 Jeff Goodman: Most notably, she conceived and oversaw the project so sewer dared against to dance together.

00:36:30.330 --> 00:36:36.300 Jeff Goodman: which brought the Dominican and Jewish youth of the Washington heights and when Community together and the musical production about the Holocaust.

00:36:37.050 --> 00:36:42.810 Jeff Goodman: This year factorial oversaw the agency's critical response to covert 19 for the crisis ravaged community.

00:36:43.170 --> 00:36:54.870 Jeff Goodman: Including vulnerable seniors providing medical mental health support cash assistance meals and emergency child here Victoria, and as the landscape, a hearty welcome to rediscovering New York yeah.

00:36:55.290 --> 00:36:56.430 Victoria Neznansky: There might have having me.

00:36:57.150 --> 00:37:03.750 Jeff Goodman: Now you're from Ukraine when did you and your family immigrate to the United States and I almost want to say when you left was is still the Ukraine or just Ukraine.

00:37:04.860 --> 00:37:07.290 Victoria Neznansky: That time he was the Soviet Union.

00:37:08.310 --> 00:37:09.090 Victoria Neznansky: empire.

00:37:09.660 --> 00:37:21.390 Victoria Neznansky: empire So yes, it's from i'm from Ukraine from Odessa to beautiful city by the sea by the lexi one of the most beautiful places on earth, so, as you can see, I still missing.

00:37:22.560 --> 00:37:26.220 Victoria Neznansky: I integrated in 88 1989.

00:37:27.510 --> 00:37:30.210 Jeff Goodman: Oh, that was still when it was still the Soviet Union.

00:37:32.490 --> 00:37:41.430 Jeff Goodman: My family and part of my family actually was also from Ukraine, they were from told chin and my grandmother told me that they lived in Odessa a short time before they came to the United States.

00:37:42.240 --> 00:37:51.330 Jeff Goodman: um was there something in particular that had you come to New York, I know a lot of people who have upgraded from the former Soviet Union came to New York was there something particularly about New York that had you decide to come here.

00:37:52.080 --> 00:38:03.690 Victoria Neznansky: New York was the city of dreams and New York was the place to be it was the hope it was desperation desperation joy and anything you could help for.

00:38:04.230 --> 00:38:17.010 Victoria Neznansky: And if you didn't have any other relatives in the other parts of the country most of the Jewish refugees New York was very welcoming and could absorb a lot of Jewish lines.

00:38:17.610 --> 00:38:24.780 Jeff Goodman: One other thing about my background is I grew up in Manhattan beach very close to Brighton beach so Russian immigrants were part of my upbringing.

00:38:26.370 --> 00:38:35.490 Jeff Goodman: Victoria, you have a master's degree in social work from nyu what had you decide that you would make working with others in a social work capacity, the focus of your career.

00:38:36.840 --> 00:38:47.640 Victoria Neznansky: I guess during my integration, when the whole Jewish journey started with Australia and then Italy.

00:38:48.720 --> 00:39:03.000 Victoria Neznansky: I saw how many immigrants become absolutely broken and getting destroyed with trauma of integration and I couldn't believe what happened in front of my eyes the families would be separated.

00:39:03.960 --> 00:39:15.690 Victoria Neznansky: Mental illness will just come in unexpectedly and people will experience the trauma so very few people knew the language and so because I knew English.

00:39:16.050 --> 00:39:31.410 Victoria Neznansky: I was able to quickly serve as a translator and bring a lot of those families actually to get help, and that was exhausting and very rewarding So when I arrived to this country I knew that that's something that I would do.

00:39:32.130 --> 00:39:43.830 Jeff Goodman: Well, with my career to serving immigrants that's wonderful and rob talked about settlement houses and we've talked about them in prior programs I can't help but think now that social workers.

00:39:44.220 --> 00:39:49.980 Jeff Goodman: Are the modern day equivalent of the people who worked at and lived in settlement houses, more than a century ago you're really committed.

00:39:50.400 --> 00:40:06.420 Jeff Goodman: to helping others, especially in immigrant communities and getting settled and having having getting a springboard to having a much better life, which brings us to the why the why and why WHA of Washington heights and then, when what year was it established.

00:40:07.290 --> 00:40:13.350 Victoria Neznansky: 1917 very close, though, the Spanish flu as rob was talking about.

00:40:15.150 --> 00:40:17.850 Jeff Goodman: I didn't realize it was that all wow it's more than 100 years old.

00:40:19.350 --> 00:40:20.640 Jeff Goodman: and refined as rob.

00:40:20.910 --> 00:40:22.560 Victoria Neznansky: 303 years.

00:40:23.790 --> 00:40:26.820 Jeff Goodman: And when did you when did you start working at the y.

00:40:28.200 --> 00:40:33.690 Victoria Neznansky: um I started working at the y in 2009 quite a long time ago.

00:40:34.530 --> 00:40:38.700 Jeff Goodman: What drew you to the excuse me, what drew you to the organization.

00:40:39.990 --> 00:40:49.770 Victoria Neznansky: Well, one of the things that the y is famous for for it's 103 years is the history of those immigrants that i'm so passionate about.

00:40:50.730 --> 00:41:01.680 Victoria Neznansky: As a place for refugees who escaped the war, first, the World War one and then World War Two and then to till attarian regime anti semitism.

00:41:02.460 --> 00:41:06.810 Victoria Neznansky: Torture me just in general to serve search for better life.

00:41:07.440 --> 00:41:14.490 Victoria Neznansky: The Why was there to serve those in those immigrants and those communities so First they were the Russians and then the German.

00:41:14.790 --> 00:41:28.770 Victoria Neznansky: And then back the Russians and then the whole Eastern European and the dominicans and the whole diversity and focus on serving immigrants and helping them to resettle and have better life attracted me in displacement.

00:41:29.370 --> 00:41:42.090 Jeff Goodman: One interesting thing about the Community in Washington heights is there are a lot of Holocaust survivors who who settled in Washington heights but there were also a lot of German Jewish refugees who managed to get out before the war and they settled in Washington heights.

00:41:43.560 --> 00:41:48.690 Jeff Goodman: Before the pandemic what was some of the programs that the y provided to the Community.

00:41:50.040 --> 00:42:04.110 Victoria Neznansky: The y has been a vibrant vibrant beautiful Community Center serving everybody who came out with our our way, so one of the mentioned Holocaust survivors, we have programs for the Holocaust survivors at some point in the y.

00:42:05.190 --> 00:42:10.350 Victoria Neznansky: spoke only spoke the white staff spoke on the German because that's where the German Jews.

00:42:11.160 --> 00:42:21.450 Victoria Neznansky: resettled and they came to the wife of programs, and then, when the Russians came rushing staff came on board to serve and how and helping immigrants to resettle.

00:42:21.930 --> 00:42:37.170 Victoria Neznansky: And then, when the dominicans came that's the Spanish speaking staff so all along the y has incredible has served the Community with fast reliable professional services early childhood.

00:42:38.070 --> 00:42:47.010 Victoria Neznansky: Center for adults living wells, we started serving seniors in 1970s actually earlier than any other resettlement or Community centers.

00:42:47.940 --> 00:43:04.680 Victoria Neznansky: We serve the teens we were in different partnering schools with partner with the Community we opened up a nursery school workforce development again tons of programs Jewish programming innovative.

00:43:05.910 --> 00:43:15.960 Victoria Neznansky: programs for children with special needs, different social services program it was a very vibrant Center but what was most important for the seniors especially.

00:43:16.260 --> 00:43:28.590 Victoria Neznansky: This was the place where they could come and have a beautiful dinner socialize then participate in computer classes learn gets stimulated read books together and again dance together.

00:43:29.700 --> 00:43:46.530 Jeff Goodman: Why before we talk about the services that the y has been heralding and the pandemic I do want to ask you about one of the projects that you worked on before the pandemic, which was so super so so it was the musical production about the Holocaust that just didn't include people.

00:43:47.820 --> 00:43:56.640 Jeff Goodman: survivors and people descended from survivors, but also young people from the Dominican Community um What was your inspiration for putting together that project.

00:43:57.600 --> 00:44:06.780 Victoria Neznansky: When I started working at the why I saw how the Community how all immigrants are actually similar how the Jews who came here to escape.

00:44:07.140 --> 00:44:20.250 Victoria Neznansky: Hitler how the Russians who came here to escape anti semitism and Stalin how the dominicans who came here to escape to cheer at the time, all of those immigrants we go through very, very similar stages.

00:44:20.730 --> 00:44:29.970 Victoria Neznansky: And the community of Washington heights where Jews and the minute can slip side by side, but very rarely interact was a special interest.

00:44:30.780 --> 00:44:43.290 Victoria Neznansky: So the very well known, history or their little known history of how in 1938 the Dominican Republic happened to be the only country that accepted the Jews.

00:44:43.740 --> 00:44:52.800 Victoria Neznansky: Very few people know about it, but now more and more, and the reason he accepted the Jews was because the Jews were white.

00:44:53.310 --> 00:44:56.760 Victoria Neznansky: and his idea was to bring the Jews, to the island of the sewer.

00:44:57.270 --> 00:45:06.030 Victoria Neznansky: And mix them with the Americans and widen the island, but meanwhile by doing that he would say hundreds of thousand journalists.

00:45:06.390 --> 00:45:19.320 Victoria Neznansky: From the Holocaust and by doing that he would also wiping his own reputation, because just recently right before that he was murdering patients, for being black so history is quite complicated so.

00:45:19.860 --> 00:45:28.950 Victoria Neznansky: By bringing the history of Holocaust and it will allow us to bring the Community together and for the Jewish community to express gratitude for being saved.

00:45:30.420 --> 00:45:39.510 Jeff Goodman: I want to tell our listeners that the program received international and national awards and recognition for its global impact on youth and peace really important project.

00:45:40.200 --> 00:45:54.330 Jeff Goodman: we're going to take a short break and when we come back we're going to continue our conversation with Victorian as neon ski, who is the chief development and social services officer at the why i'm why WHA of Washington heights and inwood will be back in a moment.

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00:48:09.960 --> 00:48:17.460 Jeff Goodman: we're back and you're back to rediscovering New York and our special episode about new york's in New York was responsive to responses to the pandemic.

00:48:18.060 --> 00:48:26.160 Jeff Goodman: My second guest on the show is Victorian is the landscape she's the chief development and social services officer at the y am wide WHA of Washington heights and in one.

00:48:27.000 --> 00:48:37.020 Jeff Goodman: of Victoria, what kind I mean you just such great work and the widest such great work what kinds of challenges to depend Emma create for you as a local community organization.

00:48:40.020 --> 00:48:49.410 Victoria Neznansky: it's hard to start naming the challenges overnight people lost their health people lost their lives, people lost their income.

00:48:49.830 --> 00:48:58.200 Victoria Neznansky: And people lost their meals, a lot of seniors became isolated and stuck in their homes afraid to get out.

00:48:58.830 --> 00:49:09.810 Victoria Neznansky: A lot of undocumented cash workers who relied on cash economy selling mango in the streets overnight became jobless, and could not support their families.

00:49:10.680 --> 00:49:22.890 Victoria Neznansky: We had families whose children became so sick and then the parents had to quit working and attend to their children, and then they were essential workers and children of the purse responders.

00:49:23.310 --> 00:49:32.790 Victoria Neznansky: So we it was so hard to not to respond, so the wife very, very quickly, basically got up.

00:49:33.450 --> 00:49:52.950 Victoria Neznansky: And responded with this incredible incredible response strong response to the pandemic in all different populations, but the seniors we were able to get the funding to from from our donors to pay local restaurants and and delivery workers for kept them.

00:49:54.780 --> 00:50:02.940 Jeff Goodman: Working there's the why had even before the pandemic, you had a robust program to provide meals to older adults in the Community.

00:50:03.540 --> 00:50:10.020 Victoria Neznansky: So they are people came to us for meals, all of a sudden, they couldn't even come for grab and go the city did not allow us to cook.

00:50:10.350 --> 00:50:19.260 Victoria Neznansky: Or to provide meals, so we reached out to local restaurants, we paid them per meal and give them a list of most vulnerable seniors to deliver those meals.

00:50:19.680 --> 00:50:27.450 Victoria Neznansky: And then we fundraise more and continue doing it, I will list grow and grow and grow and in the midst of the pandemic.

00:50:27.720 --> 00:50:39.060 Victoria Neznansky: We serve 300 seniors with hot incredible meals, from local restaurants, both from the local Dominican place and the kosher glad kosher place in riverdale.

00:50:39.450 --> 00:50:49.230 Victoria Neznansky: To really support our Holocaust survivors and the ones who couldn't just eat the American Food but everybody was fed, it was a remarkable initiative.

00:50:51.360 --> 00:50:58.950 Jeff Goodman: i'd like to ask you about not just about the the older people who live in Washington heights which was important service that you that you provided.

00:50:59.400 --> 00:51:10.020 Jeff Goodman: But the services that you provide it to multi generational family families in need, as a result of lost income how has the wife been responding to help to help those families.

00:51:10.830 --> 00:51:19.410 Victoria Neznansky: So, as you already mentioned rob as well this pandemic and earth the deep poverty faced by many households in our neighborhoods.

00:51:19.710 --> 00:51:28.020 Victoria Neznansky: And then challenges of cash workers and those who lost their job to call it, so a lot of people could not afford basic necessities.

00:51:28.440 --> 00:51:38.190 Victoria Neznansky: So the Community accountant at us and we determined how to help, we were able to get almost half a million dollar to give out to those families in need.

00:51:38.550 --> 00:51:43.560 Victoria Neznansky: And to those individuals who came to the y it word of mouth went through the neighborhood.

00:51:43.920 --> 00:51:54.210 Victoria Neznansky: And about 100 900 people got in line for the why asking for for that support we didn't ask for any documentation, except for one.

00:51:54.510 --> 00:52:00.840 Victoria Neznansky: piece of ID doesn't matter from the Dominican Republic from somewhere else, so we know we're not duplicated our services.

00:52:01.230 --> 00:52:10.200 Victoria Neznansky: and families got cash relief from us, and in many families, we helped rental with rent we help with winter clothing, but the winter really hit hard.

00:52:10.680 --> 00:52:20.100 Victoria Neznansky: Because family could not afford to just borrow clothes from each other, because have caught it and we had to buy a brand new winter coats and boots for families.

00:52:20.880 --> 00:52:29.520 Jeff Goodman: Well that's wonderful, I want to ask you about your funding in a minute, but, but I want to ask you about one other thing that I think is an amazing service.

00:52:30.180 --> 00:52:45.360 Jeff Goodman: And, by providing you you've not just been supporting the families that are part of your communities, but also many new Yorkers because of the essential roles that they play the central workers that's through the regional enrichment Center do you want to talk about that sure.

00:52:45.840 --> 00:52:57.630 Victoria Neznansky: So the state of trusted us again that's why you can ask us about a funding how diverse, we were having private funding and city funding and city trusted us with a way to.

00:52:58.200 --> 00:53:16.410 Victoria Neznansky: Request if we could get that except the funding to open up the regional Center is called ECC emergency childcare Center our Community was community of color deeply affected by call it the essential workers had to go back to work and save our city and save our lives.

00:53:16.740 --> 00:53:19.650 Jeff Goodman: Yes, we couldn't be function without a central workers without people.

00:53:20.970 --> 00:53:22.620 Jeff Goodman: Providing us food, you know.

00:53:24.180 --> 00:53:26.160 Jeff Goodman: emergency service workers first responders.

00:53:26.580 --> 00:53:35.100 Victoria Neznansky: And also don't forget will live very close to the hospital, a lot of hospital workers when needed to be there to save lives, so we opened the doors.

00:53:35.370 --> 00:53:45.180 Victoria Neznansky: To bring those children to be entertained fat educated and support it emotionally very, very deeply because a lot of families are going through deep trauma.

00:53:46.650 --> 00:53:58.860 Jeff Goodman: and other great program that you have been providing has been career development and it's been internships, but specifically for at risk youth in the Community and who might have been even more at risk as a result of the pandemic.

00:54:00.630 --> 00:54:02.010 Jeff Goodman: How did you start that Program.

00:54:02.430 --> 00:54:14.640 Victoria Neznansky: Well we've been we've been very, very successful in engaging local youth and youth at risk and before the pandemic, we had 800 900 years they were found fantastic internships.

00:54:15.030 --> 00:54:23.910 Victoria Neznansky: and help the youth to get income and to support their families and be excited about a new career with corporate it was impossible.

00:54:24.330 --> 00:54:34.740 Victoria Neznansky: When the city was deciding whether to continue the program or not, the White quickly approached the the funders we partner with New York Presbyterian hospital.

00:54:35.100 --> 00:54:57.060 Victoria Neznansky: That with the youth hub is called uptown hub and uja federation and we provided 600 internships at a youth on line pastes where we talk about social justice where we develop tools to confront racism and basically empowered youth to advance racial justice and equality now say.

00:54:57.450 --> 00:55:04.020 Jeff Goodman: Well, during the pandemic What was it like getting companies to participate, it was was it especially hard or was it easier to do it.

00:55:04.080 --> 00:55:05.310 Victoria Neznansky: They were not allowed.

00:55:05.490 --> 00:55:13.200 Victoria Neznansky: We were not allowed to send us to our existing companies, as before, so with majority of the programs happened online.

00:55:13.620 --> 00:55:25.800 Victoria Neznansky: And we had cohorts and cohorts with small groups where every youth would get individualized attention and there is also a remarkable, so the company participated and one of the youth.

00:55:26.430 --> 00:55:43.440 Victoria Neznansky: highlighted there her project that she designed she designed an APP that could be helpful to adjust the social justice and some of the companies decided to sponsor her to go on to deepen that program and deepen that application.

00:55:44.460 --> 00:55:55.050 Jeff Goodman: One less thing I wanted to ask you Victoria how have you been getting additional funding for all this, I mean the need has been great have you been have you been able to raise funding for all this important work.

00:55:55.260 --> 00:56:01.710 Victoria Neznansky: Well, one of the things being being working on the umbrella of the uja federation of New York.

00:56:02.040 --> 00:56:05.160 Jeff Goodman: United, you should feel we were very fortunate that.

00:56:05.160 --> 00:56:10.200 Victoria Neznansky: Their donors by hearing the work that we do responded in tremendous generosity.

00:56:10.680 --> 00:56:18.420 Victoria Neznansky: and also with Manhattan times published the small article about us reaching out to local restaurants, supporting local restaurants.

00:56:18.750 --> 00:56:27.810 Victoria Neznansky: Their donations came from the Community, we never had so much attention from everybody from parents of our kids.

00:56:28.110 --> 00:56:37.380 Victoria Neznansky: From seniors from the Community from parents of the children attending local schools, it was a really, really moving experience the Community appreciated.

00:56:37.740 --> 00:56:45.540 Victoria Neznansky: Everything what we've done to the less fortunate and supported us, and then the foundation's responded Robin Hood foundation.

00:56:46.260 --> 00:56:59.310 Victoria Neznansky: responded also very, very strongly, and then we have individual donors who wanted to start supporting our Holocaust survivors with meals that was also initiative of our private donors if.

00:56:59.430 --> 00:57:05.070 Jeff Goodman: Our listeners want to find out more about your programs, and also to potentially support the why, how can they do that.

00:57:05.910 --> 00:57:16.260 Victoria Neznansky: And will be very, very grateful every dollar is during call it is going to really enhance the Community impact the Community and always we have a website.

00:57:16.710 --> 00:57:30.960 Victoria Neznansky: You can please visit us on the website it's www why wash hdfs org again www why wash hts that or you can find me my name again is Victorian as landscape.

00:57:31.890 --> 00:57:50.640 Victoria Neznansky: In you can reach me at the as Lansky at why wash hts that or you can call our main number, you can find us and global please stop by and visit us whether virtually or later when it becomes save and become a supporter, and the friends of the wine.

00:57:52.050 --> 00:58:00.000 Jeff Goodman: or Victoria Thank you so much for being on the show in your time and more important, thank you for the for the great work that you do for the people of your community and the people of the city.

00:58:01.050 --> 00:58:04.590 Jeff Goodman: it's because of angels, like you, that we have a better world, so thank.

00:58:04.800 --> 00:58:08.310 Victoria Neznansky: You i'm not the only angel I have my staff and I have my board.

00:58:08.670 --> 00:58:10.920 Jeff Goodman: that's an angels, like you, I didn't say you're the only one.

00:58:12.360 --> 00:58:17.010 Victoria Neznansky: angels yes angels of their New York City our beloved city.

00:58:17.850 --> 00:58:29.040 Jeff Goodman: Well, thank you Victoria Victoria is not is the answer he has been our second guest she's the chief development and social services officer at the why i'm why WHA of Washington heights and in would.

00:58:29.670 --> 00:58:35.580 Jeff Goodman: Well we've completed another journey this week on our special about new Yorkers responses to cope, and thanks for joining us.

00:58:35.970 --> 00:58:45.180 Jeff Goodman: If you have comments or questions about the show, or if you'd like to get on our mailing list, please email me Jeff at rediscovering New York dot nyc you can also find me on instagram and Twitter.

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00:58:56.490 --> 00:59:01.200 Jeff Goodman: One more thing, before we sign off i'm Jeff Goodman a real estate agent at brown Harris Stevens in New York City.

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