6th & B Garden, 6th Street and Ave B
Time’s Up! night at the 3rd Annual MoRUS Film Fest:
“I (heart) NRCHY: Subversion & the City”
Screenings of “Still We Ride” and
“Community Gardens: 42 Years of Activism in Greening Manhattan”
Starting at 8:00pm at 6th and B Garden, 6th Street and Avenue B
Time’s Up! presents “Grassroots Gardening and Bicycling Change the City’s Urban Design”
The films and discussions of this evening show the history of bicycle and green space advocacy in New York City. Bike culture, rooted in the Lower East Side, influenced NYC at large by increasing cycling. With community groups based in the LES, transportation alternatives were improved. Time’s Up!, Transportation Alternatives, Recycle a Bike and the HUB station are all community based bike advocacy groups that were based in the LES and helped to influence the increase in bicycling across the city. This lead to safer urban design, including bike lanes, green-ways, auto-free plazas, and bridge access between Manhattan and NYC’s other boroughs.
“Still We Ride”
On Friday August 27th, 2004, just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City’s history- and the arrested had done nothing illegal. For many New Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York City’s bike community; a free-forming ride called Critical Mass. Still We Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that followed. It recounts how this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last twelve months. The movie takes on issues of civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of transportation.
Directors: Andrew Lynn, Elizabeth Press, Chris Ryan; 37 minutes; 2005; English
Community Gardens: 42 Years of Activism in Greening Manhattan (debut)
Director: Jessica Kaller; 37 minutes; 2015; English
More info about the film fest here: http://www.morusnyc.org/filmfest