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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Much has changed in Brooklyn but some things have stayed. Once in laundromats tailors from China ran the stores. They still do, but now for much more money. In 1912 factories were commonplace, the main jobs for young women. Now they linger in hidden nooks. with cardboard signs. Women without midwives used to suffer with birth because of lack of money and had to give stillbirth. Things have changed since then. There are placesfor women to help with birth for no charge at all. Instead of labeling areas, and shunning thise not of high birth, we now flaunt our nationalities with no care of harm Many changes have been made in Brooklyn. Yet it remains virtually untouched. Williamsbourg is not new, nor is it ancient.

The story was posted on 2004-04-02