18 Responses to “Trailer”

  1. hello kelly anderson, allison dean and others behind the film – first i’d like to thank you for raising an important and thought provoking subject. watching the trailer and reading your website has compelled me to think further about the neighborhood and some of the changes it’s been through in the last half decade. i wonder if in framing a complex urban phenomenon as a bitter battle of extremes between race, class, and morals, you have succeeded in telling an accurate and whole picture of the economic and social situation in downtown brooklyn today? i only ask because when i walk the fulton mall, which i do often, i still see thousands of shoppers. authenticity hasn’t gone away with new stores added to the mix, nor has it diminished with more street trees. as for the businesses you feature in the trailer, i’d encourage you to check in with them to see how they are beginning to embrace change in the neighborhood. i’ve noticed many have found new retail spaces and are adapting to a diversifying customer base. i suppose what i’m saying is, growth in the downtown is inevitable (look at its transit access!), and it has not been destructive as you make it out to be.
    – jon booker

  2. Good points made here

    Steve R.
    (former Brooklyn resident)

  3. Hi John, Allison the producer here. Thanks for your comment. I guess the first thing I’d ask you is, have you actually seen our film? I think it’s hard to actually know what we’re saying just by checking out our website. I’d encourage you to go see it if you can. There is actually a screening tomorrow night, hosted by FilmWax. Thanks for the note, –Allison

  4. […] checked out the space’s inaugural event (also a screening—of a documentary called My Brooklyn). Being there got me stoked to share the same wall space with Edible City, another a doc about the […]

  5. On Nov. 7th this film will be shown in Amherst College and I’m hearing impaired and wonder if this film has close captioning?

    • eventually it will be, but the version we are screening isn’t the final DVD so it won’t be close captioned yet. It’s so new that we haven’t had our professional DVD made yet. apologies!

  6. […] Pratt Area Community Council’s screening of the award winning film, My Brooklyn, will be held on Monday, November 19.  Doors open at 6pm. The screening starts at […]

  7. I have yet to see the film, which I look forward to doing. I am told I appear testifying in favor of the plan before the City Planning Commission. As a commercial real estate broker, I was then in favor of up zoning to gain more commercial office buildings.

    Less known is my career in affordable housing, there I helped manage the creation of 1000 middle, low and homeless housing apartments, with HPD, BEC and LISC, in Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Prospect Heights in the 1980s and 90s.

    A strong proponent of affordable housing and Rent Stabilization, I support the efforts by the residents of the NYCHA housing in DTB to stay in place, speedily renovate and maintain those units forever. Whitman, Ingersoll and Farragut forever. I applaud Councilmember James’ valiant efforts in favor of affordable housing as well.

    We need all kinds of housing, affordable commercial space and both improved and diverse retail stores.
    New Brooklyn is cool too, but let’s support long time old school Brooklyn first.

  8. The re-organization of Brooklyn has broke my heart on many levels. I was born & raised in Brooklyn. Some days I walk down the street and feel like a stranger in my own borough. The issues may be economic, race or religious lines. I know that every time I hear..Welcome to the neighborhood, I want to respond – I haven’t seen you running to the train station int he 80’s? Welcome to the neighborhood? OMG you have such a heavy Brooklyn accent. Aren’t we in Brooklyn? Has my born & raised accent become foreign? I love some of the changes yes we are booming.. I love the Nets!! I miss my Brooklyn.. The city forgot about us, we are Brooklyn!

  9. Every Brooklynite should thank Kelly Anderson and everyone involved for making this film.
    I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I have such an attachment to my borough and I feel very strongly about its transformation. It is being redefined by people who do not all genuinely care about it because it is not theirs. I feel like there was so much love in the downtown Brooklyn I knew growing up. Everything was real and almost everyone was actually from Brooklyn. Now it seems stale, unapproachable and with no character. The new buildings and apartment complexes are ugly and take away from what makes Brooklyn special.

    The stores and people that have originally been in the neighborhood cannot embrace these changes because they are in fact being kicked out. Who can afford to live in Brooklyn anymore? Gentrifiers do not find the original stores and people charming. Apparently we need another cafe that will be there for two seconds and then a corporation will buy the building. This is what happens and there seems to be no compromise.

  10. […] “My Brook­lyn” is a doc­u­men­tary about the gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and devel­op­ment of Down­town Brook­lyn, specif­i­cally around the Ful­ton Mall area. The film fol­lows direc­tor Kelly Anderson’s per­sonal jour­ney to under­stand the behind the scenes actors, such as NY Depart­ment of City Plan­ning (DCP), the Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC), and pri­vate real estate devel­op­ers, that are shap­ing the future of Brook­lyn. The film poses the ques­tions: Who is Brook­lyn for? Who is call­ing the shots behind these changes? Watch the trailer here. […]

  11. As an aging 57 retired teacher. Who was born on BK raised in Queens, moved back to BK at 28 and taught in two of the HSs in BK, one which is being stolen by Eva Charterfake, I have to say your film crossed the T for me. I am scared…..I think I better get a move on and forget the fact that I own my coop and leave before it’s stolen from me. I already received one of those bogus OUR RECORDS SHOW THAT THIS IS NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE abatement letter. As if a single, Black, parents were city workers, retired teacher could afford 2 homes. Seeing this makes me know that the DOF workers who yelled at me and told me I was going to deep when asked to prove their allegations false are the liars I thought them to be! I think all decent people of all races need to leave this sinful city and perhaps build another Rosewood small communities. When the militant, angry, have no where to turn folks start burning up these tossed up in a week ugly monstrosities, we don’t want to be here. We worry about Korea bombing us?? What a joke. Just as killing 3g people in 911 to start this move on BK was. Shame on you all.

  12. […] diversity – racial, economic, social, and political. We recently learned about My Brooklyn, a documentary exploring changes within New York City’s iconic borough since 2001. Swanky condominiums and […]

  13. […] Someone speaking in the trailer says that gentrification is not about people moving in and other people moving out, but it’s […]

  14. Born and raised in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Downtown Brooklyn was a place we avoided, then we became tenants in broken-down brownstones. We rented a loft on Smith and Atlantic for $50 a month in 1977.
    Downtown was cool with the folks that lived there, made Brooklyn a diverse, non-homogeneous community. Now, with gentrification, it’s unrecognizable with the exception of the Kings Plaza, Flatbush extension area. Great place to grow up, unaffordable now. Moved to Jersey for work. Feel like a fish out of water now.

  15. Allison,

    Thank you for making this doc. I caught the second-half tonight (17 Jun 14), and won’t be able to catch it again at 10PM…

    But, I have seen this story unfold many times before, in real-life, unedited, unsensored, on a smaller scale, across the nation in virtually every city or town I have lived… a dozen of them, in five states.

    I watched for four years as the local city council fed lies to the local NJ newspaper in an effort to rally community resentment against a tiny, privately-owned country airport, so they could condemn it and buy it with “Farmland Preservation Funds” to ultimately be traded for a piece of worthless “farmland” elsewhere in the boondocks, and the airport property developed into an upscale and trendy community.

    This is the result of enabling government at all levels to meddle in commerce. Bloomberg’s personal history, accomplishments, and values were public record long before he was ever elected to office… but, people didn’t pay attention. They focused on what he was going to do “for” them, not what he would do TO them. In the future, they still will NOT elect officials who reduce the size and power of government.

    This is the cycle: Politicians get elected by promising to do things for constituents… after elected, they trade taxpayer dollers to private, for-profit organizations to get those things done which will buy more votes… lather, rinse, repeat.

    It is in the best interests of politicians to increase the tax base, so they can buy more votes without increasing infrastructure to support all those additional tax payers they need… conserve water and electricity, recycle, drive less, bicycle, car pool… whatever it takes to defer the cost of infrastructure while building permits are frantically issued to increase population base and thereby, revenue.

    Follow the money, and see whose son-in-law gets the landscaping contract, the paving contract, or the development contractor’s attorney’s fees, and you will see the personal spiffs and bennies for politicians promoting this type of bait and switch deception.

    It’s not personal… old, run-down neighborhoods are on the best real estate… they are old neighborhoods because the best land is what you build on first… the newer the development, the crappier the locations typically are… swamp-land, unstable land, land near garbage dumps, land near stagnant water, land under final approach… what’s left? Go and tear down old buildings on good land in nice locations.

    What you nearly alluded to, but failed to explore in the portion that I actually saw, was the devaluation of personal property… businesses have value. Sole proprietorships are personal property. Forcing relocation disrupts the revenue stream of those businesses, causes loss of customers, and essentially steals marketable clientele base and future revenue from the owner. Our Constitution assures that citizens will be fairly compensated for property commandeered through eminent domain… which, in itself is a “Due Process of Law” not adhered to here… but, then again, the Constitution is an antiquaited document no longer pertinent in modern society… and, “Due Process” is whatever government decides it should be at the moment.

    It’s poetic justice, really, but, to those of us who pay attention to such things… it’s infuriating that so many people are so easily duped into voting for such soul-less liars, cheats, and thiefs.

    My roots are much deeper here than most, my family descends from Scotsmen who date back to Jamestown… we are hillbillies and rednecks who have a hereditary repulsion from anything that looks or smells like a politician…

    There need to be more of us in this country, and fewer Loyalists eager to abdicate their “well-being” and “personal power” to others…

    Your program pissed me off. Thank you. I hope it pissed a lot more people off too, it’s healthy for them.

  16. […] Downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall and the Atlantic Terminal area were once world-famous black districts that fell on hard times. A concerted effort by realtors, city government, urban planners and local communities to rebuild and exceed their storied splendor went awry. The community groups wanted to ensure that some of the decades-old small businesses wouldn’t be forced out. They wanted assurance that residence of all income levels would have housing in the area. They wanted to retain the soul of the primarily black neighborhood. But the city government developed their own plan behind closed doors with the big real estate developers. There was no community oversight. Today, luxury high-rise condos and expensive chain stores have replaced affordable housing and the mom and pop shops. There’s a movie about it, “My Brooklyn.” […]

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