Art Uncovered - My Brooklyn

Premiere DateFeb 19, 2013
00:00 Thomas Intro
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02:11 My Brooklyn pt 1
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04:25 Luke Vibert Thurston Moore
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05:01 My Brooklyn pt 2
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09:16 Breaking Away Ratatat
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09:55 My Brooklyn pt 3
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12:34 Toumast Tinariwen
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13:11 My Brooklyn pt 4
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17:22 I Love A Computer Y.A.C.H.T.
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18:08 My Brooklyn pt 5
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21:41 For the Trees Matmos
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23:01 My Brooklyn pt 6
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25:10 Second Hand Japanther
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26:07 My Brooklyn pt 7
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30:07 Friendship Station   Le Tigre
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30:59 My Brooklyn pt 8
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33:48 Gentrification The Sissies
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34:59 Finish
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[vimeo] http://vimeo.com/46006398 [/vimeo]

Kelly Anderson ie is the director of the documentary My Brooklyn. The film examines the forces that are rapidly transforming the neighborhood of downtown brooklyn, an area where Kelly lived. My Brooklyn centers around the Fulton Mall, a long-time african american and Caribbean shopping district that in the early 2000s was rezoned by the city to make way for luxury condos and chain retail stores.

This rezoning, and others like it in the neighborhood, displaced many of the residents and small business who had been there for decades. At the same time the development plan used public money to grant hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to wealthy residents and big developers.

In My Brooklyn we hear praise and criticism about the Fulton Mall plan from business owners, city officials, residents, urban planners. Throughout, historian Craig Wilder discusses futon mall as part of a history of demographic change in Brooklyn, detailing the public policy decisions that have played a role in reshaping Brooklyn along race and class lines over the last century.

Last week I spoke with My Brooklyn director Kelly Andersen at Hunter college. We talked about her film and how the story of the Fulton Mall can serve as a cautionary tale for cities across the country wrestling with the challenges of rezoning and economic development.

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Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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