Calendar of Events
Film Screening: Battle for Brooklyn
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Where: At The Center
“Don’t miss Battle For Brooklyn, a terrific film version of the sorry tale of Atlantic Yards, a cautionary tale for all cities.”
— Roberta Gratz, author The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. Mayor Bloomberg 2003 Appointee NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
The biggest and longest lasting urban development controversy in the United States during the last decade was the struggle over the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, NY.
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.
The filmmakers, Mike Galinsky and Suki Hawley, along with Daniel Goldstein, will participate in a Q&A following the film.
Cost: $10 for members; $15 non-members.
“…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
No doubt “Battle for Brooklyn” will be of most interest to New Yorkers, and particularly to people who live or work in the city’s most populous borough. But the film’s basic situation — local residents and community activists vs. the development schemes of major politicians and big business — is an archetypal element of urban life, one that can be found in almost any city, large or small, from Maine to California.
— Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
A program of Urban Design Week, a new public festival taking place September 15 - 20, 2011 to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm, and to celebrate the streetscapes, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life.