Battle for Brooklyn (2011)


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Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn's historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets. The film focuses on graphic designer Daniel Goldstein whose apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. A reluctant activist, Daniel is dragged into the fight because he can't accept that the government should use the power of Eminent Domain to take his new apartment and hand it off to a private developer, Forest City Ratner. Shot over the course of eight years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, Battle for Brooklyn is an epic and universal tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to fight for his home and what he believes in. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Battle for Brooklyn

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

Although not exactly even-handed, the movie proves a deft look at a reluctant crusader and how financial sway and political override can so effectively trump the power of the average citizen.

Nov 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Hawley and Galinsky, a longtime wife-and-husband documentary team, bring real suspense to the story, culled from many hundreds of hours of footage.

Oct 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

A battle ordinarily requires two sides, yet this earnest, ungracefully reconstructed saga posits that opposition to the building of the New Jersey Nets' future home took place in a virtual vacuum, and that the fix was in from the start.

Jun 22, 2011
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Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides.

Jun 19, 2011

Brings us inside the lives it touches.

Jun 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not exactly inspiring.

Jun 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Battle for Brooklyn

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.

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