Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a great movie, although I didn’t get a chance to look at the whole movie, the parts that I was shown during class had a lot of deep meaning to it and a lot of information most common people might not know. The two biggest characters in this movie, who are real are, Jane Jacobs and Robert Moises. These two people are very different from another an they have different view on what they see in a city. Jane Jacobs has more ground view of New York City , whereas for Robert Moises he had a bird’s eye view who only knew from a view above about New York City. The main topic i got from the movie clips is that Jane Jacobs wants chaos because chaos is what makes the city and neighborhoods safe and orderly. Whereas for Robert Moises he just wants more money in his pockets and thinks that his plan are better for the neighborhood when really they aren’t. Robert Moises wanted to stretch 5th ave and have a bus go through Washington Square Park. Jane Jacobs was not having it, she loved that park and so did a lot of other people from the neighborhood, so to bring a bus into the park wouldn’t make it a park nor would it make it the centerpiece place for all neighborhoods to go to. So, Jacobs fought back and Robert Moises didn’t like to be told “no”. But, the whole neighborhood was in different rallies and saying no because that is their neighborhood and they know that all Moises cares about is his money and how to make more of it. Overall the movie showed a lot of New York City history that doesn’t get told and how these people who help run this city mostly think of the money they could make and not about the neighborhoods or even a thought on how they’re destroying the neighborhoods and the order of things.
The film My Brooklyn directed by Kelly Anderson is a film that should be known all over New York City. This film speaks high volume and about the true big picture behind all changes in Brooklyn. The film hits home for me, as a Brooklyn native, I have always wondered what was happening to the areas I called home and grew upon. Everything as I got older changed, which is a given in New York City. But, this change was too great and caused most of my family to move out of Brooklyn because of how high the property value was going. Brooklyn is known to be the home of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Caribbeans looking for that “American Dream”. The film shows the change of the famous Fulton Mall that is located in Downtown Brooklyn and how it went from being primarily Black, Hispanic, and Caribbean, to a more deserve area full of big department stores and less small businesses all because Brooklyn zone got changed.
Zoning is the main topic that appeared a lot throughout the film, and was even explain how zoning has changed in Brooklyn throughout the years. Zoning is a big deal anywhere you go because it can cause neighborhoods to change without the knowledge of the people in the area knowing, while business people make a profit no matter what. When Kelly Anderson begins to talk and explain zoning here in Brooklyn, she shows a lot of pictures of Brooklyn and how it use to zoned before 1970’s and after. Brooklyn became the Brooklyn we know because it was zoned “D” , standing for danger. In those areas many Black, Hispanics, Asians, And Caribbeans moved to. While in Brooklyn a lot of areas came close together as a community and helped clean and keep the neighborhood from going bad. The famous area Fulton Mall was where all those people from different corners of Brooklyn would go and shop and hang out. Then, the area got rezoned with little many people in Brooklyn having n knowledge of what was going to happen and what was happening right under their noses. This topic of rezoning is important because a lot of lies are told to the people on what is going to happen to them within the area. This is what happen in Brooklyn and many people who use to live there are now running out of Brooklyn, looking for another area to plant their roots and let it grow. This is what the film director, Kelly Anderson was trying to portray and explain how this changes might be good, but it might only be good for a small percentage of the people, while the larger percentage have to suffer whatever comes their way. Overall i really enjoyed this film, I even got angry with the people of Brooklyn and angry at how some people dare say to get rid of Fulton Mall not knowing how important that area is to many people of Brooklyn, as myself.
The street area that i live in is called east new york. Around my area they’re many parks, churches, and small home and 3 story apartments. The area is very open and spaced out when it comes to the apartments the home are right next to one another. They’re is also a rhythm within the two story homes on the street called blake. For a good 5 or 6 blocks the homes all have a tree next the house or in front of the house and the trees are tall and some of the branches curve above the streets. All the homes are build similarly to one another but the families give their own touch to make the home look different and more to their liking.
While walking around the neighborhood you smell different spices and see different Caribbean flags. Most of the population in east new york are Caribbeans which is why you would smell different foods all the time and ser how they make their home seem similar to that of their home in their island. Within east new york they are four trains that help yoy travel around and thats the L, C, J, and number 3 trains. These trains are scattered around but they all help you get to where you need to go.
When it’s a rainy day, the neighborhood looks a lot heavier than it would on a sunny day. The brick/stone apartments look more dark and seem larger than usual and the tree branches appear more lower. But it still feels open around the area. The baseball field that is a block away from my home is huge and very open with natural green grass that grows wild sometimes. The baseball actually shows how they are small hills in the neighborhood because on one side the field theres a wall that about for feet tall but when you walk vertically to the other side there is no wall and the ground is flat. At times when its a foggy morning, the field looks creepy because the fog covers the middle of the field where its not visible at all.