Battle for Brooklyn was shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Battle for Brooklyn explores the poorly understood phenomenon of eminent domain abuse. A feature-length documentary from filmmakers Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, and David Beilinson, this film investigates how real estate developers, local government, community activists, and the media clashed over the largest single-source development project ever proposed in New York City. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, the undertaking was a major source of contention as local residents resisted a billionaire developers attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businessesall done in the name of “development.”
“Seven years of footage is edited into a crisp, dramatic and narrator-free 93 minutes, focusing on the remarkable story of neighborhood activist Daniel Goldstein, the last resident in a Pacific Street building marked for demolition through eminent domain.” —Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal