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Part 1: Choose a building
1) Using the Database of Brooklyn Historic Buildings file from ARCGIS Activity 1, or another academic or official resource, (I have listed several below) find an NYC building you wish to research.
2) Create, title and save an ARCGIS StoryMap. Consult tutorials on this site to help choose the type of StoryMap that will best fit. StoryMap Journal is a good choice for this exercise.
3) In your first StoryMap slide, create a map onto which you add a pin of your building. Choose an appropriate basemap and save.
Begin historical research on the building you have chosen. The Database of Buildings file from part one is a good place to begin, and I have listed several good resources below. Also try the "Further Resources: Data" page of this site.
Areas to investigate:
Date: When was the building constructed? Was it ever renovated, and if so, when and why?
Architect: Do we know who the architect or builder of the building was? If so, find out as much as possible about this person's career, background, and life. How did this architect come to build the building?
Build Style: What type of building is it? A row house, a warehouse, a brownstone? Did it "fit" into the architecture neighborhood at the time? Does it still or not, and why?
Neighborhood: What is the neighborhood of this building? What was there before the building? What has happened since it was built? Describe the changes this neighborhood has gone through over time and how this has affected the life of the building.
Function: What was the building used for originally? Is it still used for the same purpose? How does this reflect changes in NYC over time?
Bibliography: As you go, collect bibliographic references and links and save all relevant files and documents in a folder. This will make things easier when you build your StoryMap and a bibliography.
Create a StoryMap to tell the story of the building you chose. For an example, see the box on the lower right for a StoryMap on the history of the Fairway building in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
The idea of this StoryMap is to present resources with your own original annotations and comments. Avoid simply creating slides with resources, every slide should contain a paragraph in your own writing, proofread for grammar and style. Rather than simply describing each resource, talk about what each resource shows us about the subject of analyzing your building's history.
Elements can be included on the main stage, the side panel (using Story Actions) and the Map Notes. The StoryMap should contain at least one, and preferably several, of each of the elements listed below. There should be at least one "dynamic" ARCGIS map in which the view of the map changes automatically and "animates." This can be achieved with Story Actions or the Basic Presentation of ARCGIS. Finally you must include a formatted bibliography of all resources used in the final slide.
Elements to include: