Open House

Diane Nerwen. 2009. United States of America. vo English. 31’

v English

While the housing bubble was deflating across the US, an explosion of demolition and construction was steadily transforming Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open House documents the brutal nature of the development spree which occurred as a result of the neighborhood's re-zoning from light manufacturing/residential to the loosening of codes that allowed for forty-story towers on the waterfront. This video chronicles a neighborhood being literally torn apart by outside developers capitalizing on a frenzied housing market, and locals under pressure to “sell out” while the price is right.