“My Brooklyn” Takes on Upscaling of Fulton Mall

If you missed the premiere of the award-winning documentary “My Brooklyn: The Battle for the Soul of the City” in July, you can catch it Monday at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church at 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. The film explores the 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn and how policy “is driving large-scale gentrification and displacement in New York,” according to the filmmakers. Above, a photo of Fulton Mall in the 1980s by Jamel Shabazz. The screening will be hosted by the Pratt Area Community Council and MoCADA. A portion of the proceeds from the suggested $7 donation will go to benefit PACC. For all the details, see here.
Photo by Jamel Shabazz via My Brooklyn Movie

One Comment

  • Residential gentrification is one thing – but this is rather patronizing.

    First off – most of the businesses on Fulton Mall are NOT owned by blacks. If fact, many of them offer sub-par services and products and/or exploit their (mostly minority) customers and workers. “Jimmy Jazz” “Foot-Locker,” & “Cookies” are not unique, irreplaceable “Mom & Pop” stores.

    Secondly – This myth that people, including working class blacks/hispanics aren’t looking forward to – or are going to be priced out of shopping, at the likes H&M and Century 21, is just that – a myth. Just walk into any of their Manhattan stores.

    Fulton Mall has been a dump, for far too long. The shopping options are far too clustered (do we need 10 sneaker stores on fulton?) To down right dreadful – gray market electronics, dubious jewelry. Thank God this is finally changing.