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Meryl Meisler is a photographer and artist who spent 31 years teaching in New York City’s public school system. Her work looks back at students at Intermediate School 291, as well as the streets of Bushwick, New York, and the dance scene where she spent her free time. Her new book, New York Paradise Lost, helped her stay grounded during the last year and the difficult time the world was going through. ‘I hope it’s
uplifting to everyone else as well. The 1970s was a bad period in New York. People were running away from the city, and look what happened — artists moved into all these empty spaces, new music arose. A neighborhood like
Bushwick that went through such hard times, so much history, it has transformed as well. There’s a lot to be said about transformation and gentrification, but 40 years later, people want to live there.’

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Browse the exhibition “New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco,” at ClampArt
Browse all of Meryl Meisler’s work at ClampArt