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Once upon a time in New York

On Vimeo a restored 1984. video is making it’s rounds, and it is such a nice time document that we had the urge to share it with you.

See how Brooklyn and Williamsburg looked like before the gentrification and how the cities evolve and change.

In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of it’s time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history.”

Made By UnionDocs – screenings of the full documentary in their space from 15th – 21st of April