116cb2fe-c108-482e-8751-5c562b2df7c4On Wednesday, November 19, at 7:00pm, the Billie Holiday Theatre Film Series will show a screening of  My Brooklyn, followed by a critical dialogue on the issue of gentrification.

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.

Anderson outlines how, following Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom began to rapidly alter 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.

Following the film screening will be a panel discussion of the film and subject, led by:

  • Councilman Robert Cornegy, District 36 Council Member
  • Shana Jackson, Owner Weecreatebk
  • Michael Lambert, Executive Director BedStuy Bid
  • Dominique Morisseau, Playwright
  • Morgan Munsey, Realtor/Historian
  • Wayne Winborne, BHT Board Chairman
  • Moderated by Colvin W. Grannum, President BSRC

The Billie Holiday Theatre is located at 1368 Fulton Street in Restoration Plaza. Tickets are $10.

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  1. Bed-sty has a huge marketing problem from it politics to culture to education to sanitation to gentrification, etc. The only people who are getting it right are the people benefiting from gentrification. It is too late to talk about it because you’ll be speaking past tense.

    Why is a 11/19/2014 event being circulated on the day which it is 11/19/14 – this my first time hearing about event. this announcement could have been on flyers – on cards posted in stores/eateries in and around the nabe at least 2/3 days ago.

    I have to go home a put my car on the right side of the street for thursday. Don’t think I will come back out to pay $10 to hear about gentrification or patronize any local businesses tonight. smh.

  2. L-rd have mercy before you know it the gentrification will reach Sheepshead Bay! Its not a stretch to say that Brooklyn South will reach Gentrification by the mid 2020’s!

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