‘Hole in the Fence’ opens onto changing Red Hook

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A Hole In A Fence,” D.W. Young’s entertaining and insightful look at the changing landscape of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will screen May 29 aboard the Waterfront Museum barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the future of the New York Waterfront entitled: “Lessons Learned from the Graving Dock.” Panelists include Tom Angotti, director, Center for Community Planning & Development, Hunter College/CUNY; Adam Green, founder and executive director, Rocking the Boat; David Sharps, captain and president, The Waterfront Museum; Roberta E. Weisbrod, Ph.D., principal, Partnership for Sustainable Ports and D.W. Young, the film’s director.

Chronicling the shifting fortunes of a unique abandoned lot in Red Hook, “A Hole In A Fence” explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing the city’s most populous borough.

The film is described as “the story of a vanished homeless community and the young architect who documented it; of a real urban farm run by local kids amidst a landscape of industrial decay; of young graffiti writers losing their stomping grounds; of the arrival of a controversial Ikea megastore; of a photographer’s vision of nature’s renewal; of the doomed struggle to save a rare part of the neighborhood’s working waterfront; and of a filmmaker’s discovery of a fleeting, hidden world on the other side of a rusty old fence.”

The Barge is at 290 Conover Street at Pier 44; for more, visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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