Audio tour

Audio tourOut of the Blocks: 4700 Eastern Avenue

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    What if you could meet everyone on an entire Baltimore city block, in less than an hour?

    This is exactly what Out of the Blocks allows you to do.

    Radio producer Aaron Henkin and music producer Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of Baltimore in a way that's never been heard before, and this is your invitation to join the adventure.

    On this tour, you'll meet the folks of 4700 Eastern Avenue, in Southeast Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood. Over the past fifty years, the story of the American Dream has been written and rewritten in this community, as two distinct waves of immigrants have taken their turns settling in and opening up shop. In the 1960's & 70's, Greek immigrants arrived in droves, and the neighborhood came to be known as Greektown. More recently, Latino immigrants have followed in those footsteps, establishing a strong local presence of their own. Today, this block is a cultural checkerboard, as the names of the restaurants attest: Acropolis, El Merengue, Zorbas, Papuseria Mama Tana, and Greektown Grill. The voices on this block have foreign accents, but their stories are quintessentially American.

  3. 1 I decided to help out my dad. It's in my hands now, I guess.
  4. 2 It's turning into a melting pot again.
  5. 3 Hey, now you belong to the kitchen.
  6. 4 The truth is, it's hard to come here as an immigrant.
  7. 5 I love this country. It's the best country in the world.
  8. 6 Greek coffee tastes better.
  9. 7 Greece's beauty is a rugged beauty. You have to be there to feel the beauty.
  10. 8 I could have been a great singer, another Sinatra.
  11. 9 Someone put two gallons of acid in the drain line and didn't tell me.
  12. 10 Everything is different here - the weather, even just the way the daylight looks.
  13. 11 The baseball players - Alejandro de Asa, Robinson Canoe - when they play here, they know about my food.
  14. 12 The regulars don't have to say anything. We just put their orders in.
  1. Audio tour Summary

    What if you could meet everyone on an entire Baltimore city block, in less than an hour?

    This is exactly what Out of the Blocks allows you to do.

    Radio producer Aaron Henkin and music producer Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of Baltimore in a way that's never been heard before, and this is your invitation to join the adventure.

    On this tour, you'll meet the folks of 4700 Eastern Avenue, in Southeast Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood. Over the past fifty years, the story of the American Dream has been written and rewritten in this community, as two distinct waves of immigrants have taken their turns settling in and opening up shop. In the 1960's & 70's, Greek immigrants arrived in droves, and the neighborhood came to be known as Greektown. More recently, Latino immigrants have followed in those footsteps, establishing a strong local presence of their own. Today, this block is a cultural checkerboard, as the names of the restaurants attest: Acropolis, El Merengue, Zorbas, Papuseria Mama Tana, and Greektown Grill. The voices on this block have foreign accents, but their stories are quintessentially American.

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    5 out of 5 rating 11-01-2016

    These stories will make you laugh, cry (listen for Spiro), and leave you craving Greek and Latin food. Enjoy.