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May 6, 2009

"Brooklyn Boondoggle": a short film that packs in protest, ambivalence, and AY episodes circa 2008

Atlantic Yards Report

A new review from AYR's film critic.

To me, the most interesting element of the 11-minute documentary Brooklyn Boondoggle, which debuted last night at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, was not the critique of Atlantic Yards, made by elected officials and a diverse array of residents.

(The title apparently takes off from City Council Member Letitia James's statement calling the project "a gigantic boondoggle.")

Nor was it the general absence of political and community supporters of the project--though footage of "Build It Now" counter-protestors assembling does appear early in the film.


Rather, it was the not-so-coherent ambivalence expressed by some residents around the project site, in the main working-class black Brooklynites who identify with neither the project's supporters nor opponents.
It's impossible for a film this short to fully convey the complexity of the project and the debate, but "Brooklyn Boondoggle" packs a good amount in.


Posted by eric at May 6, 2009 9:10 AM