Joe's Apartment

Despite the continuing urban decay of the 1980s, young college graduates and artists from west of the Hudson River continued to come to New York to realize their dreams. Joe's Apartment takes a satirical look of such an endeavor.

In real life, as shown in the film, New York's affordable housing stock is quite acute - a problem that continues today. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, the Lower East Side became the destination of many artists. Life in Alphabet City wasn't easy; sub-standard housing, crime, homelessness, drugs. On the other hand, the neighborhood's newest immagrants created their own club scene - one such place Gas Station is feature in the film. Yes, it was an abandoned gas station that became surrounded by mostly metal scupture.

At the time it seemed as though the City had given up on the Lower East Side. Residents fought back by taking over properties the City and private owners neglected. Community gardens, art galleries, stores, community centers and even residental housing sprung up from empty lots, crack dens and closed school buildings.


Please answer the following questions in your journals;

  1. Is Joe's Apartment humorous or disgusting?

  2. Is the film too weird?
  3. Does the film's magical realism go too far?

  4. What did you think of the film?

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