August 13, 2011

  1. Aug 13 at 12 pm

    The NY Leftover Bailout: My Brooklyn

    In My Brooklyn, director Kelly Anderson documents her personal journey as a Brooklyn gentrifier who tries to understand the forces behind the rapid reshaping of her neighborhood along lines of race and class. Anderson watches as an explosion of luxury housing and chain store development spurs bitter conflict over who has a right to live where and to determine the neighborhood’s future. While to some gentrification is about revitalizing the city, to others it is about 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. See excerpts from this work-in-progress, on view at the BMW Guggenheim Lab throughout the afternoon.

    Image: courtesy Kelly Anderson and Fivel Rothberg

  2. Aug 13 at 12 pm

    NY Leftover Bailout: Keeping Spaces for Unplanned Initiatives

    The NY Leftover Bailout is a weekend-long program looking at how vibrant, diverse communities are created and maintained despite gentrification processes. Between 1998-1999 and 2005-2006, social artist Jeanne van Heeswijk worked with media activist Martin Lucas in the East Village where she became captivated by the way small enterprises fruitfully intertwined with the cultural milieu—a situation that has changed drastically. In this kick-off event for the NY Leftover Bailout, van Heeswijk and Lucas, along with urban designer Marcel van der Meijs, invite you to look at the micro-scale of the area as the basis for cultural, economic, and social change, and address the need for diverse, locally-based entrepreneurship.

    12 pm
    Introduction to the NY Leftover Bailout: Keeping Spaces for Unplanned Small Initiatives by Fivel Rothberg (filmmaker).

    Screening: Some Place like Home by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean

    1 pm
    Discussion on the Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene development as reflected in Some Place like Home, followed by a presentation by Maisha Morales, FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality) Board Member.

    Short introductions and shared experiences on gentrification by vendors: Aziza Browne (Aziza Jewelry), Sergio Deynes, Linda Cav (A Tee Grows), and others.

    1:30 pm
    Lisa Willis (Co-Producer, Counsel, My Brooklyn) speaks on the changes in Fort Greene and introduces the documentary, My Brooklyn.

    Screening of clips from My Brooklyn by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean (Documentary in development)

    Interviews and Kickstarter clips include:

    Discussion of rezoning issues by
    -Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College of the City of New York, on rezoning

    -Purnima Kapur, Director of the Department of City Planning of New York City, on rezoning and development in Downtown Brooklyn

    Discussion of gentrification by
    -Craig Wilder, Professor of History at MIT, on gentrification and small businesses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

    Discussion of public subsidies for private developments versus affordable housing by
    -Alyssa Katz, Pratt Center for Community Development, on tax breaks for luxury high-rise development and ownership

    -Michelle de la Uz, Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, on lack of affordable housing, its replacement with luxury high-rises, and its impacts on the neighborhood

    Discussion of the culture of Brooklyn with a focus on the shifting landscape of Downtown Brooklyn racially, economically, and culturally
     -Jamel Shabazz, Photographer, on the culture and transformation of Fulton Mall

    Notes by Dan Steinberg (Spokesperson for Good Jobs New York) on Albee Square Mall

    2:45 pm

    Meredith TenHoor (architectural historian), co-author of Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall, speaks on Downtown Brooklyn.

    3:30 pm

    A LES Perspective with Susan Fleminger (Henry Street Settlement's Arts-in-Education Director) and Joel Feingold (community organizer, GOLES, Good Old Lower East Side - advocacy group).

  3. Aug 13 at 7 pm

    NY Leftover Bailout: Understanding What Makes the City

    Jeanne van Heeswijk and Marcel van der Meijs create art and cultural projects with a focus on the social aspects of public space. In projects around the world, they have catalyzed cultural production and created new public (meeting) spaces or remodeled existing ones in collaboration with local residents. Here, in the second part of the NY Leftover Bailout, they lead a group conversation on how to strengthen community assets in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification. Together with Fivel Rothberg (filmmaker), Martyn Lucas (artist and activist), Sebastián Gutierrez (documentary filmmaker), Tobias Amborst (Interboro Partners), Damon Rich (architect), Joel Feingold (community organizer) and others, they address the power of autonomous spaces, social centers, and green spaces.

    Image: courtesy Tomorrow's Market, Freehouse

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