Battle for Brooklyn Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 9, 2015
Although we follow the point of view of those who oppose a development which arguably would provide new opportunities for Brooklyn residents, the viewer remains on the fence as the debate unfolds as to what is best for a community. It also shines a light on the mega project which is such a popular way to spur economic development but which can often have results that are significantly less than anticipated.
November 12, 2011
A well-told story of a really potent political issue - the invocation of eminent domain where public subsidies are used to enrich developers (also including a stadium, real Dave Zirin territory here). The documentary stretches over many years, optimistic promises, the economic crash and the subsequent stand-still in construction, the non-existence of promised jobs and fare hikes due to the developer paying only 20% he promised the MAT. It's an I-told-you-so sort of loss, but one that's well documented and because it followed the entire process, showed that yes the pastor (who lives in New Jersey) and the self-styled grassroots representative of Brooklynites were both paid off by the developer, that the jobs never do appear and that Jay-Z may be on the developer's side but Rosie Perez, Steve Buscemi and John Turtorro are on the side of those fighting it, which is a good and kickass place to be.
December 26, 2012
Probably the best doc I saw this year. The producers followed this story for over 8 years and it is a testiment to their perseverance that they stuck around and kept filming until the end. While it is a political documentary with a clear point of view, I would bet that my conservative and liberal friends could watch this film and come away with the same sense of outrage. Definitely recommended if you are at all interested in eminent domain issues.
August 28, 2011
has anyone seen this Film..maybe we can c it for movie night...i want to point out the section where it states the Brooklyn president (we know who that is) was involved...What a surprise!!!! I want to send out an open call..Its time for another expose, a powerful voice against corruption. This is a reflection of the entire country and effects us all!!!
July 7, 2011
It is so ridiculous; that area is a slum. No sane person would consider that area a "community" in any sense of the word. Unless you consider whinos, prostitutes and drug dealers to be community organizers. I am a libertarian but eminent domain does serve legitimate goals.
June 28, 2011
This is a fascinating documentary that shows how a politically well connected real estate developer was able to override significant neighborhood opposition in order to gain control of a large parcel of land in downtown brooklyn in order to construct what would have been one of the largest residential and commercial construction projects in history.

Efforts by local community groups to scale back the project, which involved a basketball arena for the Nets and 16 skyscrapers that would have towered over the adjacent four and five story residential buildings, were repeatedly ignored. While the developed did gain control of the land, the current recession appears to have torpedoed the project as originally envisioned. Promises of world class architecture, numerous jobs for local residents, affordable housing and public spaces are no longer mentioned. Nonetheless, the generous tax breaks awarded to the developer have not been reduced.

Anyone concerned about the abuse of power and the misuse of eminent domaine should see this film.
June 14, 2011
Battle For Brooklyn is a sweeping chronicle of the highly divisive Atlantic Yards plan and one man's unyielding refusal to conform under mounting pressure. Filmmakers Galinsky and Hawley chronicle the narrative spanning nearly a decade, as the strife over what's best for the Brooklyn community unfurls. With desirous politicians focused on exploiting the neighborhood's potential to become a basketball court for the Nets, resident Daniel Goldstein's interminable endeavor to protect the land, and the manifold positions assumed by residents and reformers alike, the film emerges like a Greek tragedy. Although this particular story is set in Brooklyn, NY, the central theme is germane to everyone, everywhere: when large amounts of money are on the table anything can be bought, including your home right out from under you. Goldstein is indefatigable as he grapples with both the dubious techniques invented to diminish the relevancy and even existence of the community and his neighbors who may have been lured in with assurances of a better world to come. As the ground is excavated around him, posited to become a basketball-mall-sky scraping-supercenter, he and his family lobby for an equitable outcome while his neighbors slip out of sight and celebrities surface to champion both sides of the dispute. Notably, those who live in the area are opposed to the project, while those who reside far away rally for the demolition. Also pertinent is the story of the media and its undemanding adoption of the prefabricated packages handed to them by developers, while the local voice went largely unheard and/or unpublished. Battle For Brooklyn is as enthralling a film as it is an imperative message which merits ninety-three minutes of the viewers time. Goldstein's plight speaks an exemplar lesson in the preservation of community and the valor of both truth and follow through.
June 17, 2011
This is a movie with sorrow and hope. This is a movie about how loyal Brooklyn residents defend their roots and memories. The continuous fight between gov/private sector interest groups and the local people built up the backbone of this extraordinary story. It is not just a movie for Brooklyn people, but a movie for everyone who has a past and future to cherish and protect. The metaphor of a newborn concluded the movie with tremendous hopes and encouragement. It is a loss of yours if you missed this epic. 10/10 stars.
June 9, 2011
This movie was an emotionally engaging documentary about the frustrations of corruption in government. I'm usually someone whose pro-big government, but this story was compelling enough to make me realize that there are some real problems with the system.
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