Is there room for manufacturing in NYC? That’s been a big question in the last few years. Mayor DeBlasio would like to use manufacturing land to build affordable housing, but some people think manufacturing areas provide jobs and are an important part of the city’s economy. What would happen to industrial areas if manufacturing was replaced with something else? Who would benefit? Who would lose out? Who decides?
In our latest Urban Investigation, students from Lyons Community School in East Williamsburg and teaching artist Tamara Gubernat looked into the politics of industrial areas. The students talked to City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, a developer, business owners, and community advocates. They created a short video to share what they learned.
Students debuted their project at Union Docs Center for Documentary Art, where they presented the video and shared their creative process.
Check out the video below!