Battle For Brooklyn
Documentary Feature
Free Show

Thursday Jun 9, 2011
8:30PMSpecial Live Musical Presentation by Reverend Billy
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:45PMQ and A with Daniel Goldstein and filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley
In case of rain, the screening will be rescheduled for a later date. Check on the day of the event or call 718.417.7362 for updates.

Fort Greene Park
(Enter park at Myrtle Ave. & Washington Park)
the Myrtle Avenue Hill
Fort Greene
Myrtle and N. Portland, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Enter the park at Myrtle and N. Portland and walk up the path


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Brooklyn Film Festival
New York Magazine
New York City Council Member Letitia James
Sneak Preview

A group of people in Rooftop’s beloved Brooklyn come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project—a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy their homes and neighborhood—in this epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

At Rooftop Films, we are constantly working with local communities and city officials to try to use more of our city buildings for arts programming, and to keep these programs affordable for everyone. Battle for Brooklyn is a film that speaks close to our hearts and we are honored to be screening this film free in Fort Greene Park, only blocks away from the Atlantic Yards site.


Battle For Brooklyn (Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, David Beilinson | Brooklyn, NY | 93 min.)
In 2003 filmmaker Michael Galinsky read a NYTimes article about a New Jersey Nets stadium coming to Brooklyn. Eight years and three lawsuits later, the Forest City Ratner vs. The People vs. The State of New York vs. The Borough of Brooklyn saga has played out for all of New York City to bear witness. A main character in this real estate tragedy has been Daniel Goldstein, the Prospect Heights man who refused to be bought out by Ratner developers. His organization, Develop Don’t Destroy, led the anti-Atlantic Yards movement and mobilized thousands of people toward his cause.

Battle for Brooklyn starts at the very beginning of this debate and follows it through its devastating conclusion. We see how Goldstein’s life was upended when he took on Ratner, and how he changes over the course of this near decade long struggle. New Yorkers pride themselves on being stubborn and vocal, and Goldstein certainly earns this pride. If you’re a Brooklyn resident who heard about all the hoopla but didn’t understand what people were actually fighting for, now is your chance to learn about the (anti-) development in your own backyard.

Of course people want more jobs and affordable housing in their communities. We should have those things without question; they are worth fighting for. Battle for Brooklyn sheds light on the realities of the promises made by Forest City Ratner, however, and shows us how those empty pledges divided our unified Borough. The brilliant and fiery Councilwoman Leticia James leads the charge, challenging the “backdoor deals” that eliminated local city involvement from Atlantic Yards and exposing the twisted truths about the effects this development will have on our community. Though it may appear that the battle is lost, the story, as we see here, is far from dead.

- Stephanie Skaff

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.

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