On Sunday 9/25 I happened upon the Putnam Triangle block party to celebrate the new plaza they built there. I immediately knew this was on one of those Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy "moments" where it's like the 70s again, so I ran home and grabbed my camera. Heartwarming may be a cliche adjective, but it fits perfectly here. Things are not always perfect or easy, so it's wonderful to see many familiar old school Putnam Street folks keeping the dance going. Whether or not they recognize me from my Downing Street days, it was so sweet to see some of the little kids I remember from diapers, now hula hooping with the older kids. There's a spirit present in this neighborhood that is unique. Glad the event was a success!
Music: Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Adele Pham is a documentary film director. Her films have screened on HBO, at The Smithsonian, and locally at MoCADA for the 'Gentrification of Brooklyn exhibit' in 2010. She has lived in Clinton Hill for six years, but is temporarily relocating because there is no damn way she's paying $1350 to live in some small ass studio apartment that isn't even in a damn brownstone. Rent is too damn high.