As we’re learning with the cowardly whitewashing of 5 Pointz in the middle of the night, nothing in New York is sacred if you don’t slap a landmark plaque on it. Progress marches on no matter what’s in its path, and fortunately (?) you can see it close to home at the Fulton Mall. The historically black shopping district and social space has gone through an upheaval thanks to a massive rezoning effort surrounding it. And now you can take a tour through it with social worker and Brooklyn resident Rahsun Houston in an interactive clip from My Brooklyn that offers pop-up resources giving context to the changes happening there.
In the clip, which you can find here, My Brooklyn director Kelly Anderson gets a tour of the Fulton Mall through the eyes of Houston, as he explains what used to be at the Fulton Mall and his doubts that it will still be welcoming to Brooklyn’s black and Caribbean community. Aside from the trip down memory lane from Houston though, you can also get links to a treasure trove of documents, clips and articles exploring gentrification, rezoning and how things like this happen.
After all, a little education never killed anybody, and it can be useful in case Bill de Blasio pulls off a rubber mask at his inauguration to reveal that he’s been Mike Bloomberg the whole time and redevelopment will continue at the same pace as before.