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Heart to Heart

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Hello and thank you for your patience! It has been some months since I last posted, but the reason for that actually relates to this blog. I began writing about my grandmother’s letters when I first moved to Brooklyn about 4 years ago and discovered parallels between my life and hers–even though I never met Sylvia and know little about her. I have moved and changed careers many times since then, but I am now back in Brooklyn and have continued to find ways that my life follows and re-frames the life of my grandmother.

My silence over the last few months has been in part because I found out over the summer that I would need open heart surgery. It was surprising news to get at the age of 27, and from the moment I found out, it loomed over everything. I’m happy to say that I’m almost at the four week mark post-surgery and everything went smoothly and successfully. How, you ask, does this relate to Sylvia?

This building has been converted into an apartment complex.

The old Brooklyn Jewish Hospital today has been converted into an apartment complex.

Well, Sylvia passed away only a few years after the letters you have been reading were written. She was only 34 years old, my aunt (her daughter, Cookie) was 8 and my dad was 4. She died just a few blocks from the first apartment I lived in in Brooklyn – at what was the Jewish Hospital in Prospect Heights. The family always thought she died from a heart complication that started with an infection she got at the dentist. However, with the discovery of my recently-repaired congenital heart defect, it seems increasingly likely that she suffered from the same condition, but lived at a time when it couldn’t be fixed. I feel incredibly lucky to have received the care I did, which didn’t exist in the not-so-distant past.

As I, and my family, process all of this I wanted to share two postcards that Sylvia wrote to her children from a sanatorium in Suffern, NY in 1951.


Postcard to Children

 Postcard to David Adrienne Postcard

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November 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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NYTimes on the Brooklyn Navy Yard

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The Times has featured a look at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 13th slide is a photo of BLDG92, the interactive museum/community center where Sylvia’s letters are still on display:


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June 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

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LA Review of Books

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Again, this is not particularly blog related but a piece a wrote has been published by the LA Review of Books, see it here! It is about the book From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsberg and what it means to put children in an urban setting in literature:

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June 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

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American Girl Dolls

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This is not exactly related to my grandparents but it does have to do with femininity in history! I wrote this for the Huffington Post: American Girl: How Radical Can a $105 Doll Be?

Please feel free to comment or share!

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April 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Confronting Censorship

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The final installment of my posts on the Brooklyn Navy Yard Blog has gone up!

Censor Stamp on V-Mail_Crop


Check it out here:



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April 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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Second Navy Yard Blog Post

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My second post is now on the Brooklyn Navy Yard Blog, check it out!

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March 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Blog Post

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The first of a series of blog posts that I wrote for the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been posted. Happy Women’s History Month!


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March 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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