“The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn” at the Museum of the City of New York

by , 03/14/11
filed under: Brooklyn,Manhattan

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Tomorrow night, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting a panel discussion about race and gentrification in Brownstone Brooklyn, and they have graciously extended their members discount to all Inhabitat readers! Moderated by Suleiman Osman, the author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, the panel will discuss “the racial and economic fault lines in the pro-urban ideal and the contested meaning of Brooklyn.”

Before Park Slope, Fort Greene, and many more neighborhoods were considered hip and popular, the now-desirable areas were simply known as “South Brooklyn,” an area blighted by industrial postwar city planning. In the 1960s and ’70s the neighborhood experienced something of a renaissance as newcomers and longtime residents pushed for urban renewal and paved the way for Brownstone Brooklyn. Many hail Brooklyn’s revitalization as a success story progressive urban planning and politics, but others believe that it has become a gentrified disaster, causing rent to rise and forcing long time residents to relocated to cheaper neighborhoods. The group will explore these ideas and discuss the ongoing development of Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods.

The panel consists of three representatives from Brooklyn organizations: Eric Demby, co-founder of the Brooklyn Flea; D. Kenneth Patton, former divisional dean of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate; and Michelle de la Uz, executive director of the Fifth Avenue Committee.

The event costs $12 for non-member, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for members. MCNY has extended their members’ discount to Inhabitat readers, so you can reserve a ticket for just six bucks if you mention Inhabitat. You can reserve a ticket online or by calling 917-492-3395.

The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn
Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

Image © Jessica Dailey