Saturday, October 2, 2010

Your chance to see two films on the gentrification in East Harlem and on the Lower East Side

From the EV Grieve inbox...includes an offer for you

Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 PM

In Danger of Extinction: Gentrification in East Harlem and on the Lower East Side

Residents of these two diverse, vibrant neighborhoods have long dealt with the pressures of gentrification and have struggled for affordability. Their story is told in two recent documentaries. Join the filmmakers for a screening and discussion of "The Lower East Side: An Endangered Place" by Robert Weber and "Whose Barrio?" by Ed Morales and Laura Rivera, with opening remarks by The Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council, District 8.

Co-sponsored by the office of the New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and East Harlem Preservation. This program is presented as part of the ongoing series The Urban Forum: New York Neighborhoods, Preservation and Development

Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or

$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members

$6 when you mention E.V. Grieve

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

And a trailer for you.... (we had an item on the film in June 2009)

And the ticket price is double if you yell Woo!


Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that the film makers define Gentrification as

"The restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in the displacement of lower-income people."

Which I would assume means that their viewpoint would ignore all of New York City's "middle class" that's being squeezed out of the city by the ever increasing price of rent and real estate.

I think there's a bit more to class distinction than their definition includes. Just ask the residents of the more than 1 million rent stabilized NYC apartments that are being driven out of the city by a rent regulation system that now gives real estate owners so many loopholes and advantages that they can eventually convert much of their holdings to market rate rent.

I certainly can't afford to live on the LES at $700+ a square foot.

The gulf between the rich and "everyone else" grows wider by the day.

esquared said...

triple the price for bringing in a fro-yo

prodigal son said...

Actually, every time I hear gentrification discussed, that is exactly what it means. The displacement of poor and working class people by middle class people.

Of course, in most of the city, we haven't had gentrification for years. Because what we have had is middle class and affluent people displaced by really rich people. You need poor people for gentrification, as the word is usually used. We need a different turn.