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My Brooklyn (2013)

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My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture. By Michael Bloomberg's election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods she has come to call home. She watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and to determine its future. While some people view these development patterns as ultimately revitalizing the city, to others, they are erasing the eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies that drew them to Brooklyn in the first place. It seems that no less than the city's soul is at stake. (c) Official Site
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Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for My Brooklyn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

When Anderson allows the experts - or simply those most deeply impacted by the changes - to speak, the film has a powerful urgency.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Ms. Anderson traces a tale of aggressive rezoning, multimillion-dollar development deals and racial displacement.

January 3, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The personal and political don't always align as well as they're meant to, but enough of the labor-of-love aspects shine through in a positive way to grant the film a genuine emotional core.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Striking a fine balance between personal journal and political expose, Kelly Anderson's docu examines the unnatural causes of changes wrought in Brooklyn neighborhoods due to gentrification.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

An intriguing depiction of urban gentrification in action, marred somewhat by an unnecessary dip into the first person.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Film Journal International

A thoughtful piece of documentary journalism that synecdochically uses the controversial redevelopment of the Fulton Street Mall to talk about the process of gentrification.

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for My Brooklyn

Gentrification doesn't just happen. It's redlining, purposely planned and implemented by moneyed interests in collusion with government. Powerfully and poignantly exposes how wealthy investors operate in shadowy pseudo-governmental agencies like Economic Development Corporations to write, submit and pass rezoning and development plans that enrich themselves. Government is complicit, with no regard for residents and small businesses who have made this the third most successful shopping district in New York City for decades.

Kayla Wildflower
Kayla Wildflower

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