Watch “Greetings from Asbury Park” on PBS

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate

Greetings from Asbury Park

If you live in New York or New Jersey, tune to your local PBS station to see Greetings from Asbury Park, a documentary that explores how eminent domain abuse has affected the family and small resort town of Asbury Park.

The film follows 91-year-old Angie Hampilos, a Greek immigrant and the great aunt of filmmaker Christina Eliopoulos, as she learns that her seaside bungalow—her home of over 50 years—will be taken by eminent domain to make way for luxury condominiums.

The award-winning film will be aired on NJN from July 6  to July 12 and on WLIW from July 11 to July 15.

For a trailer of the movie, and more information, please visit the Greetings from Asbury Park website.

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  2. Michael says:

    I just saw this….is there any follow up with what happened to her???

  3. Christina Eliopoulos says:

    Thank you for your good wishes for my great auntie.

    She is still living in her little house but she is the last person on the block. All the other homes are boarded up. The Spanish Church on the corner of her block was “acquired” as were all the other homes and two other small family businesses and an eye doctor’s office.

    She is still in her home, I believe, because her lawyer fought courageously for her and in some part, because of the recession. As you may know, the sale of 2nd homes and luxury homes and luxury condos have taken a tremendous hit. The developers aren’t as eager to acquire properties that they know they cannot monetize.

    Most of all, the law is now on her side. The City of Asbury Parkwould have to prove that the existence of her home creates a physical threat or poses a danger to the safety and welfare of anyone. Likewise, the deceptive practices used to notify residents like Angie of the impending acquisitions have been called into question. A new law provides protection in that regard as well.

    Again, a thousand thanks. And spread the word of the film to friends and family.
    Sincerely,
    Christina Eliopoulos

  4. Adrienne S says:

    Hi Christina,
    Any further updates on Angie?
    I show your documentary in my Macroeconomics classes. Students are often shocked and rather horrified that this can happen. I showed it three times last week, to three different classes. They all asked the same question: Is Angie still in “her little house”? Is Angie still alive?
    Thanks for an eye opening documentary.
    Adrienne

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