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Battle for Brooklyn earns its epic-sounding title, building, block by block, a sturdy, gritty little film about the impassioned fight to ensure development's directed by the local people and for the local people, not by a few overlords above all.
A powerful and surprisingly moving film about an important and little-reflected-upon topic; a telling snapshot of political maneuvering, and the tossed-around wrecking-ball weight of corporate might as it relates to individual rights.
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.
Despite what other critics have said here, the movie allows the developers equal time. Of course, they hoist themselves on their own petards which you would expect. Anyhow, this is must-seeing for those concerned about the stranglehold of the rich on NY.
The Empire State's eminent domain laws are unusually loose, but most of the rest of this story is pertinent far beyond New York. Change a few names and add the next credit bubble, and a Brooklyn-style Battle could be headed to a neighborhood near you.
Most viewers should find the documentary Battle For Brooklyn gripping and provocative, no matter their opinions about eminent domain, historic preservation, or public dollars going to support private development.
Battle for Brooklyn provides a useful primer on the opposition to Atlantic Yards, but figures who might have made more compelling documentary subjects than the always on-message Goldstein crowd the sidelines.