Past Event: Right to the City: Screening of Metropolitan Avenue

When: Tuesday, August 1, 6:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
People’s Firehouse demonstration | Photograph via National Congress of Neighborhood Women | Neighborhood Women of Williamsburg-Greenpoint

Please note that this program is now sold out.  There will be a wait list starting at 5:45 pm this evening. Any additional seats will be released at 6:35 pm in the order the names were received. You must be physically present when your name is called or your place will be forfeited. We do not guarantee that any seats will become available.

Seating for ticket holders is first come, first served.

We kick off Season 2 of Smile, It's Your Close Up with Metropolitan Avenue (Christine Noschese, 1985, 58 min), a 16 mm film that documents a compelling group of Polish, Italian, and African-American women in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the 1970s who come together to protest the closure of public services in their neighborhoods -- including a police precinct, a firehouse, a daycare center, a senior center, and bus service -- and to fight the city's use of eminent domain. One of the first documentaries ever to air on public television (on POV), Metropolitan Avenue captures a lost community of diverse, working-class women activists fighting to keep their neighborhood's future in their own hands; read a review of the film here.  

The screening will be followed by a conversation with:
Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis, Co-Editors of The City Is the Factory: New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age (Cornell University Press, 2017)
Dianne Jackson and Marie Leanza, Neighborhood activists featured in the film
Christine Noschese, Director of Metropolitan Avenue
Marc N. Weiss, Executive Producer and Creator of POV
Jessica Green (moderator), Cinema Director at the Maysles Documentary Center

Includes Museum admission and free beer courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery. 

Smile, It’s Your Close Up, our nonfiction film series co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests. Check back here for the full Season 2 lineup coming soon!   

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members. 
Includes Museum admission.

Attention, Members, to receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917.492.3395.

Assistive listening devices are available during our events. Our auditorium can accommodate manual wheelchairs, however, our wheelchair lift cannot currently accommodate electric or motorized wheelchairs. Please contact the Public Programs Department at 917.492.3395 or with any questions or concerns. 

Our Partners

Presented in collaboration with the Maysles Documentary Center. Special thanks to POV. This year POV celebrates its 30th anniversary as television’s longest-running, premier showcase for nonfiction films. Metropolitan Avenue was one the first documentaries to air on public television as part of POV's first season launch. Since its inception, POV has premiered over 400 films to U.S. audiences, and continues to discover fresh new voices and create interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling.

The film Metropolitan Avenue is partially based on a three-year study of Brooklyn's Greenpoint-Williamsburg neighborhood, the subject of Ida Susser's book Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood (Oxford University Press, 1982). For more details on the book, click here

Special thanks to Elena Rossi-Snook at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Thanks to the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Centre for Social Innovation, Community Voices Heard, and The Global Urban Futures Project.

Image from National Congress Neighborhood Women | Neighborhood Women Williamsburg-Greenpoint  (NCNW/NWWG)

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