My Brooklyn

Feb 102015

We are so excited to announce that our free, 49-page study guide for My Brooklyn is available for download! The guide includes sample discussion questions, classroom activities, a glossary of terms related to urban planning and gentrification, and much more. Feel free to download it here, and please forward to anyone else you know who is doing teaching, research or community work on this topic.

Special thanks to Hunter College President Jennifer Raab for making the guide possible.

Allison and Kelly

Jun 112014

We are happy to announce that My Brooklyn will have an encore broadcast on PBS World’s America ReFramed series on Tuesday, June 17th at 8 PM Eastern / 7 PM Central.  It will also re-air at the following times (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, June 18th 12 AM, 8 AM and 2 PM

Saturday, June 21st 10 PM

Sunday, June 22nd 3 AM and 9 AM

World Channel is a single channel feed, so when it airs at midnight on the 25th on the East Coast, it will air at 9 PM on the West Coast (and still be the 24th).  So please check your local listing to find out when it will be playing in your area:

Jan 162014

There are some interesting events coming up this month, including this screening and seminar by the NYU organized by the Students of Color Collective.

There is a free screening on Tuesday, May 8th at the Silver School of Social Work (1 Washington Square N), and a free seminar on gentrification titled “How Well do You Know Your Neighbors?” featuring My Brooklyn director Kelly Anderson, Dr. Lance Freeman from Columbia, Dr. Robert Hawkins from NYU and others.

Come Check it out! RSVP at



Jan 022014




Happy New Year My Brooklyn community,

Great news – My Brooklyn is going to be on TV on Tuesday, January 14th!

The screening is part of the PBS series America ReFramed, curated by the American Documentary team (the producers of POV). America ReFramed brings nonfiction independent films to the airwaves and cable, showcasing films that give viewers a “snapshot of the transforming American life — the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America.”

Most of the screenings are on PBS World channels, but some regular stations, like WGBH in Boston, are showing it on their main channels too. To find out if you have PBS World via broadcast or cable, go to and enter your zipcode. The program you are looking for is America reFramed and the date for My Brooklyn is Jan. 14th, 2014. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, and there are some other amazing documentaries on the series so it’s worth knowing how to find it.

My Brooklyn will also be streaming free from the America ReFramed site for a month (details coming up on that).

Thanks, as always, for all your support. And best wishes for 2014!

Kelly & Allison

Dec 192013

Henry Stewart, film critic for The L Magazine, just listed My Brooklyn in his Top Ten list for 2013:

From the review:

“This documentary about the Bloomberg Administration’s redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn was the smartest explanation of gentrification I’ve ever watched or read, a concise and well-researched breakdown of how government conspires with developers and moneylenders to break and remake the city as they please, regardless of facts on the ground.”

Thanks Henry Stewart and L Mag!



Dec 052013

mybklyn-poster-webfinal There are some screenings coming up we wanted you all to know about.

On Wednesday Dec. 11th The Intentional is partnering with several DC organizations to present My Brooklyn at The Coupe. More info here.

In Boston, on Thursday Dec. 12th the MIT Urban Films series will show My Brooklyn. More info here.

And we are in Moscow and St. Petersburg this weekend, Dec. 7th! Info here and here.


Oct 132013

Change is in the air in NYC! We have an exciting election coming up in New York City – and it’s been great to hear the themes of My Brooklyn echoing through the campaign rhetoric! We even issued an endorsement in the primary – for Carlos Menchaca, who was running to be the democratic candidate for City Council in Sunset Park/Red Hook. Carlos, who will likely become the first Mexican American and openly gay City Council rep, beat Sara Gonzalez, the council candidate with the most support from the Real Estate lobby’s PAC. We like to think that the film, and all the great work you have done screening it and talking about the issues over the past year, have played some small part in putting issues of inequality and development on the agenda.

In other news, My Brooklyn continues to screen often, to large and smaller crowds. This week we will be at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York (Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 17 & 19, at 9:30pm). Kelly will be speaking after each screening and also part of a free panel called “Brooklyn Renaissance for All?” Please come and spread the word.

We are also super excited to be kicking off a section on Brooklyn at the Creative Time Summit. The theme this year is “Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” and the lineup of speakers and projects looks like it will provide an opportunity for some provocative and interesting discussions about art, urbanism, and social change.

Finally, there will be a “Brooklyn Gentrification” boat tour on Saturday, Nov. 2 (1:45pm)! Kelly and Arthur Platt from the AIA (American Association of Architects) will take folks for a ride along the Brooklyn waterfront, shedding light on the impact of development along Brooklyn’s post industrial waterfront from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. Tickets and more info here.

We hope you are having a great fall, and thanks as always for your interest, enthusiasm and action!

Kelly and Allison