NYU Students Rap About Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn

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Here’s one perspective on the changes sweeping Downtown Brooklyn in the form of a music video.

Published Sunday, it was created by two students for an urban policy class at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering — perched in Downtown Brooklyn at MetroTech. (Thanks to a reader for pointing us to the video.)

The videography is by Luciano Del Valle and the original music is written and performed by Joe Amato III. It explores gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn through images and lyrics, noting increasing rents and new development.

The authors say they don’t need “chic boutiques” and call for more preservation. What do you think of it?

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