Mr. Junkersfeld has delivered a new opus and provides us with this description:
“If you don’t know your history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree”.
Those of us who reside in Brooklyn Heights are especially sensitive to history being that we live in a historical landmarked designation. Brooklyn Heights was the first historic district officially created by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.
After viewing this film, it is my hope that when walking down Cadman Plaza West towards Montague, you will hear the el and have a mental picture of what it was like in the 1930′s. The Fulton Street area , now called Cadman Plaza West, was a totally different place to live. It was a very conjested, dark, noisy area that bears no resemblance to the open spaces we experience today.
Finally, this film is especially topical today with the use of eminent domain with respect to the Atlantic Yards project. Of course, it was a different time back then. and a one to one correspondence would be unfair.
Hopefully you will enjoy this short film and after viewing come out with a better appreciation of where we have been and hopefully a better perspective to where we are going.