Jan 102021

On Sept. 23, 2020, Industry City pulled its rezoning application just weeks before a City Council vote on it. The decision was the result of massive community organizing over several years in Sunset Park, and of political opposition by Council Member Carlos Menchaca and elected officials representing Sunset Park in the U.S. Congress and the NYS Assembly. The story, which we have been documenting for 4 years, shows the incredible work done by Sunset Park people, organizations, the Community Board and others. It also shows the need to reform the ULURP process to allow for comprehensive community planning.

Here’s a short film, Unpacking Industry City, I worked on with some other local filmmakers in Fall of 2918 to raise awareness about the rezoning.

Oct 272017

Remember how I ended up in Sunset Park at the end of My Brooklyn? Well, a big rezoning has been proposed for Industry City, right here in Sunset Park. Here’s a recap from Brownstoner:


Stay tuned – lots more to come. For updates like My Brooklyn’s facebook page:



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 tinyurl.com/SCC-RSVP-NYU



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 http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/ 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!