Two boys playing a ball game in their black neighborhood - somewhere in Brooklyn. I think it is a school yard. The photo was taken not far away from a Malcolm X wall painting. I had to think of the black movement in these days meanwhile a long time ago. The neighborhood looked fairly in order to me in our days but this is an impression from the outside, the impression of a tourist. What I loved about the Quarter was that you could walk and walk and you came by the different "towns in towns", after a while we landed in Williamsburg with its large Jewish community.
I find the fence makes it pretty strong and you can make your own story. It makes a separation that is maybe still existing.
The fence does make a strong statement, I thought the image was from a juvenile detention facility. Although the slippers and shirtlessness might not happen in 'juvie.' I DO like the way you captured the lanky teenager look. Still I'm sticking with Winslow Arizona for my vote.
Yes the fence changes the image with its mood. There is a sense that it is being separated and visually more interesting with the patterns and lines...I like the burnt out effect, make it feel hot and sunny. Black and white is classic as always.