“The movie has heart, soul and chutzpah. The time line that drives Battle for Brooklyn makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller. Four stars.” -NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“A love story. A compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance.” -SALON
“Remarkable. Nothing depicts the borough’s backbone with more personality and urgency than Battle for Brooklyn.” -THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.
ABOUT THE FILM
“Battle for Brooklyn” has been used in countless classes to teach about grassroots/government interaction. Many communities use it to prepare for a government assault on their neighborhoods. While the film was sometimes faulted for being too “in the camp” of those fighting the project, it was also a powerful corrective to the narrative that was shaped by the developer’s very expensive public relations campaign. The developer and the government painted the project as necessary for “revitalizing” a downtrodden neighborhood. However, the truth was much more complex. History is often written by the winners, and in this case, the developer won the rights to the land via eminent domain. However, “Battle for Brooklyn” challenged that narrative to a profound degree and helped change the story.