Atlantic Yards Film to Debut in Manhattan

Battle for Brooklyn

“The movie…has heart, soul and chutzpah…Feisty but fairly reported…The time line that drives ‘Battle for Brooklyn’ makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.”
— Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

The eight-year-in-the-making film Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate and behind the scenes look at the seven year struggle over the Atlantic Yards project. The film is essential viewing for experts and laypeople on the issues of urban planning, eminent domain and community organizing. At the same time it has vast popular appeal as it focuses on the activists at the center of the opposition and the life changes they encounter while challenging the project on various fronts.

The film has received critical acclaim in the press, and in the planning world, even before it has opened in theaters. At the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and just last week at the Brooklyn Film Festival, it screened to four sold out audiences. It has been praised as a moving and dramatic narrative and as a powerful a tool to expose and explain how government and developers collude in ways that are antithetical to community development and community participation in planning. 

Battle for Brooklyn will make its theatrical debut starting June 17th at Cinema Village in Manhattan. If it does well that opening weekend, the film will be booked all over the country and the story, and lessons from it, will be viewed by a wide audience.


We encourage you to attend a screening the weekend of June 17th at Cinema Village.

Posted Under: Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, Event, Planning, The Politics of Preservation

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