Please restore the FUCK ED KOCH headline. He was a damaging asshole.
Bitch Please. The ONLY reason hipsters got on their proverbial soap boxes about the AIDS crises is that it predominantly affected white, gay, men in NYC. People like them.
I don't see any vitriol regarding the sub-Sahara epidemic, which STILL rages today and has infected over 5% of the entire population. Can Mr. Beckett (or, for that matter the filmmakers of How to Survive a Plague) even name the people in charge in dealing with that crises. Without a quick google search I would say not. Talk about whitewashing....
Ed Koch was an imperfect mayor who should be ashamed of the way he handled the AIDS crises and his relationship with the Black Community. But he did other things that were very effective in generating housing, gay rights (yes, look it up idiots) and education reform (which the above doc sadly missed). He wasn't the perfect leader, who is?
Sorry it's an even-handed film and not the "hit piece" you wanted.
The boy-in-a-blouse, above, has called me a fool.
But the boy-in-a-blouse cannot disagree the Koch got the redline around the City removed, allowing the underclasses access to capital for the first time since the war.
Koch's hand up created true social mobility, and did it without humiliating the poor like Lyndsay's relief handouts.
I see the changed the headline.
...among other things, like that whole "redlining" subject that fool up on this thread writes as if he doesn't understand how Koch and peers were a significant factor in that redlining of New York.
@Ragbag--Beckett's writing against Ed Koch dying in a hospital that has you all up in arms--was this anything like Koch's deliberate unwillingness to confront the AIDS epidemic while the plague ripped through New York's population? Oh no. That, in fact, was much much worse. So terrible that the NY Times took the extraordinary step of inserting Koch's craven apathy while many lay "now dying in a hospital room" so he could have his "3 term[s as] mayor [and have his] 'amazing career'" into their already lengthy and, as Beckett writes, hagiographic obituary. SO PLEASE. At least Beckett signs his name to his writing--what have you done but play terrible troll and hid your mirror, lube and lack of possibility behind a pseudonym?
Koch was a 3 term mayor, he had an amazing career before that and a fascinating arc in his politics. The guy is now dying in a hospital room and you publish and article "fuck Ed Koch" on opening night. The guy had the balls to devote his life to public service. What has Colin Beckett done except dismissed this mans life and work like a hipster reviewing the new Guy Flierei Diner. Colin Beckett should buy a full sized mirror, a bucket of lube and explore the possibilities.
If Koch didn't team up with banks the whole City would still be redlined. Lyndsay's fun City was fair, until you wanted to get a mortgage.
Let me guess, Dinkins fan?
The Albee Square Mall had been declining for *years* before it was razed. My parents used to take me there when I was a kid in the 80s. After a while there wasn't much left to the establishment at all. (More information here: http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2007/09/rip…) I'm not going to be nostalgic for the Albee Square Mall unless developers were going to restore it to its former glory and bring in some quality retailers.
Re: Adam's comment - "I now feel welcome on Fulton St, which is something I couldn't say ten years ago."
I didn't know that too many people not from a certain background were checking out Fulton Mall. I don't think that Fulton Mall was not making certain people feel welcome. This is how I saw things: Certain people wouldn't (cross over from Brooklyn Heights/BoCoCa/wherever to) go to the Fulton Mall because they chose not to. From what I've been told years ago the clientele used to be more diverse racially and economically. (See also Marty Markowitz's comments in this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/realesta…) Over the years as Fulton Mall changed, some of the clientele chose to go elsewhere. Now this type of clientele is coming back, and some of the less affluent clientele is being priced out. Don't get me wrong; I like Starbucks, and some of the stores on Fulton Mall were junky, but there should be enough space for everyone.
P.S. I'm still surprised that Macy's, who had taken over A&S's old spot, has managed to remain open all these years!
Good review, I cannot see why Hoffman and the others bothered with this empty vessel of a script.
I agree. It sucked. Just compare Hugh Jackman to Alfie Boe alone (not even to the incomoparable Colm Wilkinson). Matt Lucas was amazing in the 25th anniverasry show. By contrast Sacha does his usual Borat act and Helena does the only role she know how to do - Ms Lovett. I am actually very, very dissapointed in the movie.
Yo Adam, I am a white boy who has always shopped at Fulton Street and I think all that stuff is in your head. If need be I could probably show you how to put a little bop in your step and some twang in your slang so maybe you might fit in a bit more, but honestly the only thing you need down there is cash to shop.
I seriously can't believe there is an Armani Exchange on Fulton Street, that is something I would have never believed. I am excited to see this movie to contribute to my thoughts on why Brooklyn has changed so much so fast.
So entire ethnic, and socio-economic groups should be displaced in favor of high rise, high-end commercial development so that you, Adam, can feel welcome? Please rethink your comments. You invoke Dr. Martin Luther King's words, which suggests some awareness of the sensitivites regarding gentrification.
What's despicable is how ignorant you are, Adam. Your arguments are ridiculous and childish. The last thing you need on this earth is to feel welcome in another low-income underprivileged neighborhood. Your white male privilege welcomes you into places in this world that most of us only dream of. How about we try "integrating" Columbus Circle and the Upper East Side next?
Martin Luther King espoused a world where children of all races walked together in unity. The fulton mall, as it was, was not united. In order to make an omelette, you have to crack eggs.
one might counter that it's "despicable" (seriously, dude?) to call displacement "integration."
I'm not so sure integrating neighborhoods is a bad thing. It's pretty despicable to say otherwise. I now feel welcome on Fulton St, which is something I couldn't say ten years ago.
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