Waterways Project Publication
Barbara Fisher & Richard Spiegel co-directors
Pat Ryan & Paul MaistlemanSite Teachers
Thomas Perry Administrative Assistant
Stephen E. Phillips, Superintendent Office of Alternative High Schools and Programs
Mike Ragon- Principal
© 1993 The Wawrways Project of Ten Penny Players, Inc.
Support for the Waterways Project is provided by participating schools. the New York State Council on the Arts. the Office of Alternative High Schools and Programs.
& Con Edison
THE TABLE OF CONTENTS
Young Black Teenager Heidi Anthony
John Booboo Kyndra Ramona steven Coco Darris Chuck Taquon
p.2-3 p.4 p.G,17 p.7 p.8,19 p.9,lS p.lO p.ll p.l2 p.13 p.l4 p.l6 p.lS p.20 p.21
THE GIRLS OF NYC ARE ...
SOME OF THE GIRLS OF NYC ARE OK BUT THEY ACT TOO SNOTTY MOST OF THE TIME. WHEN YOU TRY TO HAVE A NICE CONVERSATION WITH THEM THEY CATCH AN ATTITUDE AND LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU'RE STUPID OR CRAZY.
THE OTHERS ARE COOL THEY'LL STOP AND TALK TO YOU FOR LIKE 5 OR 10 MINUTES SO YOU CAN GET HER NUMBER AND ALL THAT.
THEN YOU HAVE THE ONES WHO PLAY GAMES AND TRY TO MESS WITH YOUR HEAD. THEY'LL TELL YOU THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A BOYFRIEND BUT THEY DO. THEY'LL GIVE YOU
A WRONG NUMBER OR WHATEVER JUST TO SEE IF THEY GET AWAY WITH IT. THAT'S WHY I PLAY MY OWN GAME. TO SEE IF SHE'S
GOING TO LIE OR NOT. DON'T GET ME WRONG. I LOVE GIRLS BUT I WISH THEY WOULD GROW UP AND STOP PLAYING LITTLE KIDS GAMES.
I PLAN TO LEAVE NEW YORK CITY
I plan to leave New York City because recently I took a trip to the West Coast. While I was out there I saw a side of the world I never knew existed.
When a lot of people hear about California the first thing a lot of people think about is how similar the streets are to New York City as far as the rival gangs and the murder rate
and also the constant drug dealing
that goes on. But there are parts of California that are so beautiful. There are mountains, gorgeous beaches and clear blue skys allover the
place. There are parts such as San Jose, Salinas. Santa Cruz and many more which are simply breathtaking.
I was born and raised in
Brooklyn, N.Y. and I've seen the same thing everyday. It gets very boring after a while. I plan on getting married and having children one day
and I want my children to be raised in a safe environment where they don't have to be confined to their rooms because I'm afraid of the neighborhood we live in. I want my children to be able to see the world. I want them to explore those mountains. I want them to have the opportunities I never had.
Another reason why I want to leave N.Y.C. is because the type of career I want to pursue can be done a lot
better on the West Coast. I think that I can prosper in my career a lot better and with a much clearer mind if I were living on the West Coast.
Basically I guess you can say I looking forward to having the American dream which is a large
house with a white picket fence and I want to be living with a family that
loves me. ",
"YOUNG BLACK TEENAGER '.'
"Straight out of Brooklyn"
What this movie means to me is to change your life. get your education, get a job and pass that knowledge down to your kids. They are the future. They are the next generation and you got to show them to get their education in order to get out of the situation they are in; like living in the ghetto.
The first thing you show them is to get out and the only' way they are going to get out is finishing school. So that1s the first thing you should show them because then they pass it down
the same way you passed it down to
1'"lovi e Ct-i ti que
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was a special person. He was an All-American
athl eta and he +ouqht; f or what he '. believed in; his pride as a black (:'Jmer i can.
Jackie Robinson's personality m~de him a fighter because he wanted all Afro-Americans to be treated the same way as white people were treated.
His behavior in the army started when he was in colleqe. At first h~
didn't want to finish school. He
felt the college degree meant
nothinq to him because even with a degree he still WOUldn't be able to
get a good job because of the way Blacks were being treated.
Jackie Robinson felt that playing baseball would help him earn money so his mother could stop working so hard to take care of him and his brother. " He carried that behavior with him to the Anny.
THE RATTLE SNAKE
DID YOU KHOW THAT YOU CAN
TELL HOW OLD A RATTLE SNAKE IS BY HOW MANY RATTLES IT HAS ON IT$- TAIL. EVERY YEAR THE RATTLE SNAKE GETS ONE RATTLE ADDED ON HIS TAIL SO THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW HOW OLD A RATTLE SNAKE IS. THE RATTLE SNAKE SHEDS A FEW TIMES A YEAR. TO KEEP ITSELF HEALTHY AND GROWING. SOME SNAKES HAVE DIFFERENT COLORS TO PROTECT THEM FROM THEIR PREDATORS.
A FLOWER, A DOVE ...
THE MOON AND THE SKY ABOVE.
ARE SEEN THROUGH SHATTERED EYES, A CHILD WITH BROKEN DREAMS.
A GLASS. A HEART ...
SO EASILY DO THEY FA~L APART.
A STRONG FACADE IT SEEMS ALMOST REAL. TOO STRONG A MOLD. .TOO OLD A HOUSE ... THE CHILD IS TRAPPED IN, THE CHILD IS
YEARNING TO COME OUT.. :'.
NYC IS ROMANTIC TOWN BECAUSE .....
IT IS A PLACE IN YORKTOWN HEIGHTS
IT IS SO ROMANTIC IN THE SUMMERTIME AND AUTUMN. I WAS IN A TC BUT I WAS HAPPY BECAUSE I MET A GUY NAMED D.
HE WAS SO NICE TO ME. PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WE WERE TIP-UP. NO WE WEREN'T. WE WERE JUST VERY GOOD FRIENDS AND
WE HAD FEELINGS FOR EACH OTHER. I MISS HIM I DO BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY PERSON I CAN TALK TO. HE LISTENED TO
ME. HE HELPED ME THROUGH THICK AND THIN. WHEREEVER YOU ARE I LOVE YOU BIG BROTHER AND ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.
I DID AND ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING
TRUE AND YOU A~E ONE OF THEM. BE
STRONG AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND
YOU ARE .
THE CADDY MAN!!!!!!!!!
PEACE, SHINA ...
A TEENAGER IN NYC
A teenager in New York City is pretty good and pretty bad. The good is all the things
you could do like going to clubs. movies. or just about anything
you want to do. .
(to be continued)
Double jointed Wonderful person Anxious
Young and 50ft Next man in line Entertaining
Kyndra nice and kind Young and bold
Neat and clean Daring and generous Righthanded
crack is really wack
it will fry up your brain g~od next you're in your grave
I think of you my friend. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I can't see you or hear from you.
The time we spent together was good but it's time to let the past go of you my friend. It might seem wrong to us but what happens had to happen. I will always remember you, my friend, and you still will be with me in my heart and when I think about you, my friend, you will be with me until the end .
- Ramona M.
In memory of Bokai T. (1976-1992)
WHO ~vE ARE
HI! MY NAME IS STEVEN. I'M
AN AQUARIUS. I LIKE TO PLAY SPORTS - HANDBALL, BASKETBALL AND A LOT OF OTHER SPORTS. 1 LIKE TO EAT SPANISH FOODS. I LIlCE TO DRAW. I COULD BE SWEET AND KIND, ESPECIALLY TO GIRLS.
HELLO MY NAME IS COCO. I'M A NUBIAN SISTER. I'M Ty,lENTY YEARS . OLD,
5 FEET 10 1/2 INCHES. 1'lY SIGN IS PISCES. I LOVE TO LISTEN TO REGGAE,
HIP HOP AND R&B MUSIC. MY FAVORITE
FOOD IS SEA FOOD. MY GOAL IS TO FINISH THIS PROGRAM AND BECOME A COUNSELOR. MY HOBBY IS BRAIDING HAIR. MY FAVORITE SPORT IS BASKETBALL.
Hi, my name is JOHN. I am 16 years old. I am about Sft. Gin. I do okay in school. I like to draw. I am not that good at drawing characters. I mostly draw graffiti. I am really good. My tag is Doan. That's what most of my friends cell me. My horoscope sign is Pisces. I like all kinds of music but I usually listen to hip hop.
Sincerely, John -
MY NAME IS DARRIS AND I'M 18 YEARS OLD. MY SIGN IS A CANCER - MY BIRTHDAY IS JULY 13. MY HOBBIES ARE PLAYING FOOTBALL AND I LIKE TO LISTEN TO RAP MUSIC. SOMETIMES I LIKE TO LIFT WEIGHTS. THEY CALL ME BARRY v,IHITE 'CAUSE I'M MAD SMOOTH AND I TELL JOKES AND SOMETIMES I LIKE TO WRITE POEMS. I'M GOING TO WRITE ONE NOW. IT'S CALLED "!-lOl;.l I FEEL II
WHEN I'M NOT WITH YOU I FEEL LOW AND SAO WHEN I AM WITH YOU
.1 FEEL HIGHLY ABOVE
OTHER PEOPLE CALL IT STUPID BUT I CALL IT LOVE
DARRIS AKA BARRY WHITE
HI! MY NAME IS ANTHONY, MY PRIENDS CALL ME CHIPY. I AM 15 YEARS OLD, AND I AM A SCORPIO. I LIKE ART. I AM GOOD AT DRAWING. I LIKE TO DRAW CARTOONS.
SINCERELY, ANTHONY A.K.A SKEP .....
My name is Chuck aka Super c.
I am a D.J. with the Soul Brothers. I live in Queensbridge Projects in Long Island City. My hobbies are making tapes and putting them in stores on 125th st. - Uptown and going skating at the Skate Key in the Bronx. Well I have to wrap it up now. Until next time, 11m Swayze.
MY NAME IS SHINA. I AM A 15
YEAR OLD TAURUS. I HAVE A SHORT HAIR CUT, AND BROWN EYES. MY COLORS ARE RED -I- BLACK. I Ali PRETTY + CUTE. I AM IN THE 9TH GRADE. I HAVE A GOOD HEAD ON I'IY SHOULDERS. t1Y HOBBIES ARE DRAWING, WRITING POEMS, LIFTING WEIGHTS + aOGGING.
MY NAME TAQUON A.k.A. LOVER MAN. I LIVE IN JAMAICA. I'M Sft gin and full of flyness. I got mad skills in djing. I'm 18 years old.
I'm Having a Baby
I'm having a baby and people ask me "How does it feel to
be having a child?"
I have so many feelings about becoming a parent. ·One feeling is that of excitement - like Wow! I'm going to have a little baby to love and love me. Somebody to take care. of and show the best of everything. Then
on the other hand I feel scared that I won't be able to give my child the type of life that he or she deserves to have.
I also feel confused by having
a child at an early age; I'm only sixteen years old. I keep thinking that I'll have a lost childhood
and that I won't have fun anymore.
All I have to think about now is that I have a new life ahead
of me and I'll make the best of it. There are going to be good and hard times but I feel it will be worth it in the end.