Battle for Brooklyn



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Rating: NR
Length: 93 minutes
Year: 2011


Join us for a one-time special screening of this spectacular documentary on Sunday, October 9th at 4:15pm. The director, Michael Galinsky will be at the Grand for a post-film Q&A!


Battle for Brooklyn is the riveting documentary film that tells the up-close and personal story of the passionate community resistance to the project and advocacy for a better way to develop 22 acres in the heart of Brooklyn. The critically acclaimed film, eight-years in the making, follows Daniel Goldstein, the leader of the community organization that spearheaded the opposition to the project—Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. Daniel’s home also sits at where the proposed center court for the project’s professional basketball arena would be.Tackling the issues of urban planning and design, eminent domain, community and the collusive nexus of the real estate industry and New York state and City government, the universal tale told by the film will open your eyes and leave you on the edge of your seat.


Spins a compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance, even as it makes clear where power in our society really resides. -- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com


Brings us inside the lives it touches. -- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News


…Perhaps the most insightful film about urban planning and eminent domain to yet emerge, it is also a muckraking portrait of system corruption, of the ways that money causes undue influence within our political system and how the wealthy can muscle their preferred message through the media in increasingly draconian and anti-democratic ways. -- Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine


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