1. Describe the feelings the author first has when he enters his childhood neighborhood.
When the author enters his childhood neighborhood, he doesn't feel like he belongs in the world in which he lives or in the world he aspires to live. He also feels like an outsider, and being torn between life at home and life "beyond."
2. How has the author's childhood neighborhood not changed?
In the author's childhood neighborhood, the people seem stuck in time and the merchandise in the windows of the shops are still the same.
3. How does the author describe his childhood perception of the distance between Brownsville and New York?
During the author's childhood, the subway ride from Brownsville to New York seemed to feel like an eternity and that there was not only a physical distance but a spiritual distance as well.
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