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After many years of restorative work, Los Sures—a 1984 documentary filmed in a pocket of South Williamsburg with the same name—is receiving a long-anticipated week-long re-release at the Lower East Side's wonderful Metrograph Theater. Los Sures was originally filmed by Diego Echeveria, who captured rare and intimate footage of the Pureto Rican and Dominican community—more than a decade before artists began arriving in the 90s—contemplating what the future held for its youth. Drugs and gang violence plagued the streets,...
The new year has ushered in new controversy in Bushwick as local art gallery Fuchs Projects prepares to launch its "200 Most Influential People in 2016" list, in the hopes of acknowledging the neighborhood's women and men who have been "transforming the conventional." The list has sparked a tense, racially charged debate, which started not long after Fuchs Projects posted a Facebook event inviting the community to participate in the creation of the list, which remains an...
In her twenty-year career, the Williamsburg-based feminist filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin has studied the intersection of politics and performance in Le Tigre videos, video installations, shorts and experimental documentaries, with subjects ranging from Shulamith Firestone and Francesca Woodman to lost Antonioni movies to creative block. Right now, she's on Kickstarter raising postproduction funds for her first narrative feature, A Woman, A Part, starring TV's Maggie Siff as an actress who walks out on a successful...
Whether or not the arrival of a Starbucks in a neighborhood is an early harbinger of gentrification or a symbol that gentrification has already run its course is a matter of some debate. While plenty of people understandably correlate the megachain's presence in their neighborhood with higher rents and the closure of small, independent retail outlets, it remains undeniably true that many Brooklyn neighborhoods were well past the early stages of gentrification when they received their first Starbucks locations,...

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