Atlantic Yards and the Battle for Brooklyn

Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 04:37 PM

On today’s show, Leonard spoke to Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, the co-directors of the new documentary, "Battle for Brooklyn," which explores the opposition to the Atlantic Yards project. As the film details, despite the original announcement that framed the project as a done deal, the entire process has been endlessly complicated, and eight years later construction has only just begun. The Lopate Show and WNYC have been following the story over the years, and if you want to catch up on the some of the back story or just hear different perspectives on the topic, you can listen to some of these segments:

Sociologist Sharon Zukin spoke about the project when she was on the show on March 3, 2010, to discuss her book, Naked City.

When Leonard had professor and architecture critic Witold Rybczynski on to talk about his book, Makeshift Metropolis, they discussed the project. (The Atlantic Yards discussion begins at 12:36.)

On March 27, 2008, Leonard spoke to NY Times journalist, Charles V. Bagli about "The Future of Atlantic Yards."

Leonard moderated a panel for the Municipal Arts Society, in July 2006, in which they assessed the project.

The WNYC newsroom did a story on Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, the Prospect Height’s neighborhood bar that was in the footprint of the proposed project and was forced to relocate to South Park Slope.

Brian Lehrer has had guests on to discuss aspects of the project many times in the past, including: the new arena design, the ground breaking, and pre-fab construction on the site.

Let us know in the comments what you thought of the segment or the Atlantic Yards project in general. The movie "Battle for Brooklyn" is being screened tonight by Rooftop Films in Fort Greene Park.


      Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley

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