Emergent City chronicles a decade in a working class neighborhood at the edge of a changing Brooklyn. As rents and sea levels rise, a community grapples with the future of New York City’s last stretch of industrial waterfront.
In the wake of deindustrialization and on the cusp of climate catastrophe, a Brooklyn community grapples with the future of New York City’s last working waterfront. Over a decade, Emergent City explores power and process in a working class neighborhood facing gentrification, development and the need for jobs that will allow people to stay in the place they call home. The film is a 360° observational portrait that leans into the complexity of issues often framed in black and white. Emergent City asks viewers to consider how change might emerge from dialogue and collective action in a world where too many outcomes are constrained by money, politics and business as usual.