The transition from Brooklyn to Manhattan has been a subject of novelists, filmmakers, and essayists for well over a century. The culture shock that can overtake a person with such force was especially marked in the twentieth century, before gentrification came to our fair borough and rendered us bridge and tunnelers more like our cousins across the river. This is not to say that the shock does not exist even today; nothing will ever replace or equal Manhattan. Pete Hamill, Woody Allen, and Alfred Kazin are three artists who captured the confusion, joy, and wonder that inherently come with leaving behind the old neighborhood and everything you know to find your place in the Big City. Filmmaker Monique Velez is making  a documentary about the move from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In her case, however, the story begins in tiny Brooklyn, Alabama where her great-grandmother Lucille lived before coming to Harlem during the Great Migration. I have been following the evolution of this project for some time, and am happy to report that things are moving steadily. Velez was in Alabama filming earlier in the spring and is now getting ready to shoot in New York. Ironically, she is part of the reverse migration in which African Americans are moving back to the South; Velez was born in New York and now lives in North Carolina. Watch the trailer. This should be something special. I will be certain to announce when the film is released.