Saturday, June 6

Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

Wikipedia - "Battle for Brooklyn is a 2011 documentary that follows the stories of a Brooklyn neighborhood as the residents fight to save their homes from being destroyed by an impending real estate project. The film attempts to show the unjust outcomes that are possible when moneyed interests partner up with government entities to outweigh the rights of citizens. Set in the years between 2003 and 2011, the story follows graphic designer Daniel Goldstein, the last defiantly remaining homeowner in his building, as he battles Bruce Ratner’s Forest City real estate company and their plans to complete the Atlantic Yards Project in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The massive building project - according to the filmmakers, the densest real estate development in U.S. history - required the procurement of 22 acres of land, and would bring a sports complex to house the New Jersey Nets along with 16 high-rise buildings to the heart of Brooklyn. Initially tasked with filling the behemoth 22 acre complex was architect Frank Gehry, who NPR calls 'American architecture's prince of wasted space'. ..."
NPR: Lawful Land Grab Sparks A 'Battle For Brooklyn'
NY Times: Barclays Center (Atlantic Yards)
New documentary 'Battle for Brooklyn' details the fight over the Atlantic Yards project
YouTube: Trailer: Battle for Brooklyn, The Battle For Brooklyn: Eminent Domain Abuse Gone Wild