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Tue, Aug 1, 2017 6:30pm –


Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
at 103rd St
New York  New York  10029
United States
Museum of the City of New York

Right to the City: Screening of Metropolitan Avenue

People’s Firehouse demonstration | Photograph via National Congress of Neighborhood Women | Neighborhood Women of Williamsburg-Greenpoint

MCNY kicks off Season 2 of Smile, It's Your Close Up with Metropolitan Avenue (Christine Noschese, 1985, 58 min), a 16 mm film that documents a compelling group of Polish, Italian, and African-American women in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the 1970s, who come together to protest the closure of public services in their neighborhoods -- including a police precinct, a firehouse, a daycare center, a senior center, and bus service -- and to fight the city's use of eminent domain. One of the first documentaries ever to air on public television (on POV), Metropolitan Avenue captures a lost community of diverse, working-class women activists fighting to keep their neighborhood's future in their own hands. Read more about the film here.  

The screening will be followed by a conversation with:
Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis, Co-Editors of The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age (Cornell University Press, 2017)
Dianne Jackson and Marie Leanza, Brooklyn neighborhood activists featured in Metropolitan Avenue
Christine Noschese, Director of Metropolitan Avenue
Marc N. Weiss, Supervising Producer of Metropolitan Avenue at POV
Jessica Green (moderator), Cinema Director at the Maysles Documentary Center