Faith, Family, and Fiesta in Sunset Park, Brooklyn


Situated alongside the Bay Ridge Channel off of Brooklyn’s Western edge and informally spanning 36th to 65th streets, Sunset Park hosts one of the most ethnically heterogenous populations of the borough. The neighborhood’s eponymous park is situated on a hill just tall enough to boast sprawling views of the Manhattan skyline; as the sun descends over the water’s horizon in the evening, sounds of Spanish, Mandarin, and English conversations mingle through the air alongside rumbles of taco truck generators and chimes of ice cream cart bells. Recent census data states that 50% of the neighborhood is Latino and 40% is Asian. This photo essay, produced as a final project for the graduate course “Reading Contemporary Photography of the Developing World,” explores Mexican community life in the area.




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