Identify a place you believe to be a “cosmopolitan canopy” in NYC. Visit that place for the purpose of observation. I suggest devoting at least 1 hour to observation. Make field notes.
After reflecting on your field notes, write a paper in which you analyze your observations.
Your paper should include a description of where you and what is happening, as well as provide insight and analysis about the canopy.
Did this place function as a cosmopolitan canopy during the time of your observations?
Are people interacting with others that they did not arrive with?
Are people really interacting across race/class lines as far as you can tell?
What are those interactions like? What can you say about them?
It might be helpful for you to look at “Down Germantown Avenue” again or listen to Elijah Anderson’s talk http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/135116342/bridging-racial-divides-in-cosmopolitan-canopies before setting out to do this project.