Halsey Street Symbols & Objects

Naima Coster
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Butterfly clip

The butterfly clip Mirella keeps in her kitchen symbolizes her love for Penelope. This clip was one she took from Penelope’s old room before she left for the Dominican Republic. She misses her daughter and craves a relationship with her.

Penelope’s painting of Mirella’s garden

Penelope’s painting symbolizes Penelope’s feelings for her mother. She is unable to express or process her emotions after Mirella passes however her painting makes it clear that she did care about her.

Sprout

Sprout symbolizes the gentrification occurring in Bed-Stuy. It symbolizes loss, as it used to be Ralph’s record store. It is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the changes that are happening in the neighborhood.

Grand Records

Grand Records symbolizes the old Brooklyn that Ralph feels is lost. His store was a place to celebrate black culture and inspire black...

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