Battle for Brooklyn Returns to Heights Cinema

The critically acclaimed documentary film Battle for Brooklyn will return to the Heights Cinema, Henry and Orange streets, this Wednesday, July 6, to begin a one week run every evening starting at 7:15. At the first two showings, this Wednesday and Thursday, the filmmakers, Mike Galinsky and Suki Hawley, along with Daniel Goldstein, who led the protest against use of eminent domain for the Atlantic Yards project, will be present after the screening for discussion. More about the film here. (Double click on the image to enlarge.)

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  • EHinBH

    Yawn. Yeah, the Atlantic Yards property was a real jewel of the boro. What a real shame it will be developed.

  • Daniel Goldstein

    EHinBH, try seeing the movie. I’m certain you’ll learn something.

  • Jeffrey J Smith

    Dear Everybody:

    What a great idea placing a large complex financed and led
    by well, you can fill in the blank..a HALF BLOCK from the
    center of Hamas land…brilliant thinking guys!!!!!

  • Elizabeth I

    EHinBH–just in case you don’t follow the advice to see the movie (and I hope that you do see it) you will miss learning that the government has used imminent domain to seize private property(homes+small businesses) for the benefit of a private developer.

    When they come for your house don’t say you weren’t warned.

    Beside–many people feel that traffic clogged Flatbush Avenue didn’t need a basketball stadium that, with all the cutbacks in the budget, now seems doomed to be an eyesore.

    It’s not that we liked Atlantic Yards before (although I kind of did). It’s just the way it was done–but if you don’t know how it was done why would you care? Come find out–I’d be pleased to buy you a ticket!

  • The Where

    Mr. Goldstein et al – Life sucks get a helmet. On another note can you spare a few million bucks?

  • Sue

    All should see this film and tell their friends about it. Those including Daniel who fought against the project and especially against eminent domain have surely earned our support. As for the documentary it is brilliant and truly portrays all that occurred. Thanks to the Heights Cinema for bringing it back.

  • Cranberry Beret

    EH, aren’t you worried that developing Atlantic yards will bring a “bad element” to that area? Or are you only worried about those folks taking over parks and schools when it comes to the heights??

  • Mickey

    I think you got that backwards, Cranberry Beret. It sounds like she’s afraid development will push out the bad element that’s already in the Atlantic Yards and relocate it to the heights.

  • EHinBH

    Yes, private developers prosper with eminent domain. So? Wealth is not always equally distributed. This is a captilist society, no? And by the way, if not for eminent domain, this country and it’s roadways would look like something out of the war-torn Eastern block or Iraq. It’s called progress. Some will prosper, some will perish, but the world moves on… Always has, always will… The majority will benefit. Neighborhoods change over time, evolve to fit the needs of a modern culture. Yes, we need to preserve some things, but every block can’t be a winding country road ala 1823.

  • Sad Neighbor

    Both points taken. Lived in the Hgts for over 30 years. Back in the late 70s there were several Mom and Pop shops up and down Montague Street, art galleries, more artists..and Montague Street had an old world charm…unlike all the real estate agencies, banks and major chains that exist now.

    Dumbo, MetroTech, Boerum Hill, 5th avenue and Smith street were obviously not developed
    My building fought against Morgan Stanley going up to replace the Parking lot that existed there for years. We worried. We wanted things to stay the same. Yet despite our protests we enjoyed the facelift to the hood and feeling comfortable visiting other neighborhoods (to the north, west, south of us) was a welcome change. On the other hand we sympathized with those that were booted out of their homes or couldn’t afford to pay the higher rents..
    Double edged sword here…Haven’t seen the movie but I will.

    Are we enjoying our lovely developed parks down in Dumbo? It’s a known fact that Private developers are planning on building … will look like Battery Park City possibly…and maybe kill the view from the Promenade.

    I guess we can’t be “wishy washy”… We like some development…but not too much.!!!

    It’s a hard call but one thing I agree with EHinBH & I quote him is it’s hard to stop progress and “yes, we need to preserve some things, but every block can’t be a winding country road ala 1823″.

  • David on Middagh

    (I don’t think EHinBH understands that with the ways things have been going, she could build an out-of-the-way dream house, only to have it seized by a government that prefers an industrial park in that location. The power of eminent domain is being abused in this country.)

  • Sad Neighbor

    David on Middagh: How do you fight eminent domain?

    It’s a slippery slope…on one hand the government can appeal to thousands of people that enjoy the welcome change of areas that looked like burnt out slums and on the other people are being thrown out of their homes.

    Isn’t this a “survival of the fittest” or can and will the masses revolt when they benefit from some of the changes and facelift to the neighborhoods?

    Please advise.

    Looking forward to seeing the film.

  • David on Middagh

    @Sad Neighbor: I don’t think you are looking for advice.

  • Daniel Goldstein

    good discussion. sort of, but it pre-judges the film and what it’s about.

    go see the film, then discuss it, instead of hypothesizing what it’s about based on your own preconceived notions.

    “life sucks get a helmet,” interesting philosophy of life, regardless it really has nothing to do with the film.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Selfish People Suck.

  • ABC

    I’m not sure people are pre-judging the film. I don’t think they’re even talking about the film. We’re talking about a situation which we all lived thru IRL. I think a lot of people have complicated feelings. The developers were borderline crooks. The politicians were naive (at best) or in bed with the crooks. The protest leader named Daniel Goldstein walked away with millions and delayed the project until the economy turned south and a lot of the “community benefits” had to be scratched.

    There’s something funny about the “you don’t know what you’re talking about if you haven’t seen the film!” thing. A little meta.

  • Sad Neighbor

    ABC…what’s IRL…?

    Daniel…Who in particular were you addressing about “good discusson and pre-judgement of film”?

  • Daniel Goldstein

    good discussion, was to most commenters (not all), pre-judgement was to EBinH and The Where.

    to ABC, this is a post about the film. yet only one person wrote anything about the film. so to me discussions on this post that seem to predict what the film is and is about, seem pre-judgemental.

    so , i wasn’t saying that anyone doesn’t know what they are talking about if they haven’t seen the film, but by definition they know nothing about the film if they haven’t seen it. AND, if you do see it, i am certain you’ll learn a lot.

    for example, your rendition of what happened, and what happened to me personally is far off from the truth.

    anyway, these are a lot of words which were only meant to say: see the film, it s a really good film and, like I said, you are certain to learn something from it.

  • Buggs Bunny

    Okay, doc.

  • ABC