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"From the Ted Talk by Dan Barasch: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

These three tough little buggers are, on the left, my grandmother, age five, and then her sister and berhtor, ages 11 and nine. This photo was taken just before they left from ilaty to immigrate to the uientd States, just about a crtenuy ago. And like many immigrants at the time, they arrived on the Lower East Side in New York City and they encountered a crazy melting pot. What was amazing about their generation was that they were not only building new lives in this new, unfamiliar area, but they were also laltielry building the city. I've always been fascinated by those dedecas and by that history, and I would often beg my gatmrodhner to tell me as many stories as possible about the old New York. But she would often just shrug it off, tell me to eat more meatballs, more pasta, and so I very rarely got any of the hosrity that I wanted to hear about.

Open Cloze

These three tough little buggers are, on the left, my grandmother, age five, and then her sister and _______, ages 11 and nine. This photo was taken just before they left from _____ to immigrate to the ______ States, just about a _______ ago. And like many immigrants at the time, they arrived on the Lower East Side in New York City and they encountered a crazy melting pot. What was amazing about their generation was that they were not only building new lives in this new, unfamiliar area, but they were also _________ building the city. I've always been fascinated by those _______ and by that history, and I would often beg my ___________ to tell me as many stories as possible about the old New York. But she would often just shrug it off, tell me to eat more meatballs, more pasta, and so I very rarely got any of the _______ that I wanted to hear about.

Solution

  1. united
  2. brother
  3. decades
  4. literally
  5. grandmother
  6. history
  7. century
  8. italy

Original Text

These three tough little buggers are, on the left, my grandmother, age five, and then her sister and brother, ages 11 and nine. This photo was taken just before they left from Italy to immigrate to the United States, just about a century ago. And like many immigrants at the time, they arrived on the Lower East Side in New York City and they encountered a crazy melting pot. What was amazing about their generation was that they were not only building new lives in this new, unfamiliar area, but they were also literally building the city. I've always been fascinated by those decades and by that history, and I would often beg my grandmother to tell me as many stories as possible about the old New York. But she would often just shrug it off, tell me to eat more meatballs, more pasta, and so I very rarely got any of the history that I wanted to hear about.

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