Battle for Brooklyn

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Filmmakers Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky, talk about their documentary “Battle for Brooklyn.” It’s an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project—16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. “Battle for Brooklyn” has its theatrical premiere in New York City on June 17; it opens this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3; and will screen in the Rooftop Films summer series on June 9 in Fort Greene Park.


Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley

Comments [6]

Louis Proyect

I have more than a passing interest in this matter since I am a long-time critic of Bard College's Leon Botstein who puts people like Bruce Ratner on the school's board. My review of the film is here:

Jun. 17 2011 03:09 PM
Norman Oder from Brooklyn

Regarding Patrick's question, a Forest City Ratner representative, Bruce Bender, appears several times in the film.

My review of the film, for Dissent magazine, is here:

Norman Oder
Atlantic Yards Report

Jun. 09 2011 01:30 PM
Norman Oder from Brooklyn

At the end of the interview, Leonard Lopate suggested that the Atlantic Yards site was the same site sought by Walter O'Malley for a successor to Ebbets Field.

That's a common error that plays into Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner's narrative. Actually, O'Malley sought a site across broad Atlantic Avenue.

More here:

Jun. 09 2011 01:24 PM

Sounds like a similar story that happened in Asbury Park. Developers working with politicians, used the term "blight" to get many long time, lower income persons out of their homes to build luxury high rises along the waterfront.

Jun. 09 2011 01:15 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Is it true, as I've read, that due to public subsidies, tax breaks, and other government monies and real estate market value manipulation, taxpayers are shelling out between one and two billion dollars for this deal?

Why should my tax dollars go to a project which brings absolutely no benefits to myself or to most New Yorkers?

Looking forward to seeing the movie.

Jun. 09 2011 12:48 PM
Patrick from Bronx

Did you ask Forest City Ratner for an interview for the film project? Did they grant you an interview?

Jun. 09 2011 10:49 AM

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