The Italian Gardens of South Brooklyn (1990), 25 min., Alexandra Corbin and Susan Morosoli, dirs.
This video features the Brooklyn neighborhood known historically as South Brooklyn and more recently as Carroll Gardens, an area distinguished by its simple brownstones and deep front yards. Italian immigrants, many from Mola di Bari in Puglia, began settling the area in the late nineteenth century to work the docks of Red Hook. Beginning in the 1960s, gentrification transformed working-class homes into million dollar real estate investments, and altered the character of the neighborhood. Through interviews with residents and scholars, this documentary offers an insightful and sensitive look at the changing history of this urban community.