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"Renewing a Block and the Spirit of Its People: Photographs of Carmel Hill, Harlem by Bill
2000-07-22 until 2000-11-12
Museum of the City of NewYork
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Photographs by internationally-renowned photographer Bill Foley chart the progress of The
Carmel Hill Project, the reclamation of a block on West 118th Street by the Children’s Aid
Society in partnership with Wall Street investor Bill Ruane. Photographs of the block and its
buildings before and after renovation reveal the vast physical improvement that has resulted
from the project.
Foley has also skillfully captured the change in attitudes among the block’s
residents, a transformation from despair to hope, pride in accomplishment, and the spirit
necessary to make it through another day. The exhibition consists of approximately 60
black-and-white photographs. A 5-minute video clip produced by NBC-TV will be included.
Founded in 1853, the Children’s Aid Society serves over 120,000 children and their families
each year with a wide range of services in education, health, recreation, counseling, emergency
assistance, and foster care and adoption. Partnerships such as The Carmel Hill Project are a
centerpiece of the society’s work.