Posted in movies | music | venues on September 24, 2012

Battle for Brooklyn poster
Battle for Brooklyn poster

While the opening of Barclays Center was a happy moment for some, for others... not so much. In fact, the trials and tribulations of one man who fought the development is the subject of a film:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.
Upcoming screenings of the film in the NYC area include 9/25 at Indiescreen (Kent/S 2nd in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tickets), 9/26 at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (53 Prospect Park West), 9/27 at Maysles Cinema with a Q&A from director Michael Galinsky (343 Lenox Ave in Harlem, tickets), and last but surely not least, a free screening on 9/28 at Dean Street Playground Ball Field (Dean between 6th & Carlton Aves) which is "steps" from the arena and takes place on the opening night of Barclays Center during the concert by director Jay-Z. In fact, it will be an eventful day for protesters all around:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (arena opening day)
11AM: Press conference @ Barclays Center, in front of the Pacific Bears Community Garden, opposite the arena, at triangle tip where Flatbush and Pacific meet (details to follow).

12PM - 4PM: Popup actions all around the Barclays Center

5PM: Virtual rally--tweet #BarclaysCenter and @AYCrimeScene for housing and jobs now.

6PM: OWSGuitarmy's Teach-in in Response to Jay-Z Comments

8PM: Free outdoor screening of Battle For Brooklyn (battleforbrooklyn.com)
@ Dean Playground Ball Field, just half a block from the arena
(Dean St. between 6th Ave. and Carlton Ave. MAP)

Head below for a full list of screenings and the film's trailer.

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'Battle for Brooklyn' trailer

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN screenings
September 24, 7pm -- Chicago Facets
September 24, 7pm -- Fort Lauderdale Cinema Paradiso
September 25 -- Washington, D.C. West End Cinema
September 25, 9pm -- Brooklyn Indiescreen, Brooklyn
September 25 -- Staten Island ETG cafe on Staten Island
September 25 -- Seattle Northwest Film Forum
September 26 -- Brooklyn Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society as part of Brooklyn Reconstructed
September 27 -- Manhattan Maysles Cinema in Harlem
September 28 -- Brooklyn Opening night of the Barclays Center Arena Dean Street Playground Ball Field (Dean Street between 6th Ave. & Carlton Ave, just steps from the Arena)
October 1 -- Bellingham, WA Pickford Film Center
October 1 -- Dallas Studio Movie Grille

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Comments (59)

Protest after RUSH

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:08 PM

fort greene place represent

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:11 PM

LOL yeah I'm with 1:08 save that shit until after that show

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:17 PM

Won't someone please think of the middle class white people displaced by gentrification????

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:22 PM

lol middle class lol lol lol like obama and crazy joe from scranton right? lol lol lol lol lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:23 PM

(SPOILER ALERT) I think that the project went through and the Barclay's Center got built.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:24 PM

1:24 wtf I was gonna Netflix that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:25 PM

1:23 is too stupid for the internet

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:27 PM

This is a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:32 PM

On a site dedicated to people who displaced Brooklyn natives, we are reading a story about a film dedicated to not displacing more Brooklyn natives, which is set to screen at at least one location that would not exist but for the displacement of Brooklyn natives.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:34 PM

Sounds like a touching piece of hollywood fiction! Who plays the guy? I bet it's Brad Pitt

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:39 PM

1:34 has a good grasp of irony, but is somewhat awkwardly worded and clumsy.

7/10

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:40 PM

They should title this movie "The BAD Gentrification"

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:43 PM

@1:40 - I admit that the sentence is a bit clunky, but I'm at work, you know?

I'll dumb it down: Hipster makes movie about how corporate money trumps hipster money. News at 11.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:47 PM

Federal Urban development plan moves all the black people from Brooklyn to the Poconos or Reading Pennsylvania

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:49 PM

@1:47- succinct, witty yet dumb enough for BV commenters...

Bravo! 4 thumbs up!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 1:51 PM

huh, wonder how it turns out

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:00 PM

1:08, 1:17, 1:34/1:47 FTW.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:24 PM

>implying there is such a thing as "bad" gentrification

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:31 PM

1:34 amazing how you got all that shit out, twists and turns of logic and all, just by using your left thumb typing while making that double espresso cap half caff no whip! Bravo, 4 thumbs up!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:31 PM

YA HEAR THAT, 1:34???

2:31 THINKS YOU MAKE COFFEE AND IT MAKES HIM REEEEALLY MAAAD!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:34 PM

living colour, open letter to a landlord.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 2:46 PM

actually I'm an attorney and I'm billing my clients while I type this... i hope you aren't one of them!

Posted by 1:34 | September 24, 2012 2:57 PM

2:57 wants us to think he's a shitty attorney, but is instead a shitty liar.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:14 PM

2:31: Speaking of which, where is my double espresso? I ordered it a half hour ago!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:17 PM

Here is an idea. Stop complaining and move back to Ohio!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:25 PM

I wonder how it ends....

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:26 PM

^Spoiler Alert: It ends with all the theater-goers feeling great about themselves for actually making a difference by seeing a movie, then going back to their 3000/mo apartments and "glasswork studios" in Bushwick that formerly held an extended family.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:36 PM

^yeah, but hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:39 PM

I like this movie, because it allows me to take my white guilt over uprooting neighborhoods and transfer it to some nebulus "Evil Bankers"

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:41 PM

lol white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:42 PM

2:31/3:14/3:17... Jay-Z, why are you wasting your time trying to spin your PR on BV? Don't you have some 99%ers to piss off?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:42 PM

yeah I hate bankers and hipsters and transplants and yuppies sooooooooo much. I can barely control myself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:44 PM

me too! hate hate hate hate hate!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:46 PM

^they make me so angry! rar!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:51 PM

You guys are right, lets give Brooklyn back to the Canarsie Indian Tribe. BROOKLYN NATIVES 4 LIFE YO

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:53 PM

Is this movie like that other movie where the dudes are in a gang and travel through NY and fight all these other gangs, but the gangs are colorful like a baseball team, dudes on skates or something, etc, warriors?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:54 PM

3:36 for the OT win

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:55 PM

^lol white people^

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:56 PM

^lol even more at loser white people.

Why do they hate our freedom?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 3:57 PM

It ends with scumbag Daniel Goldstein pocketing a shitload of cash that he extorted from Ratner by exploiting the efforts of naive true believers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 4:12 PM

3:17 - If you've ever waited more than five minutes for a double espresso, you might be a douchebag. Time to reexamine your life.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 4:24 PM

^ I'm busy with important business stuff on my Blackberry, I don't have time to keep paying attention to your imcompetence. Get to it!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 4:55 PM

Two sides to every story.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 5:08 PM

"important business stuff" "imcompetence"... 'nuff 'sed.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 6:18 PM

^lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 6:45 PM

^white people

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2012 6:45 PM

I'm white, but I do enjoy an occasional grape soda from time-to-time. However, I generally don't drink it in the office because I fear it may be slightly inappropriate to have such a beverage prominently showcased on my desk. Does anyone else have a similar sentiment regarding this?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:40 AM

Update from today's NYT: Daniel Goldstein uses the $3 million he got when he sold out his movement to buy a brownstone in Park Slope and then build an addition so he can have a hot tub. His neighbor, a 22 year resident, is so pissed that the addition ruins her yard that she moves. He's a real fucking hero.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:27 AM

6:18 has grown used to being inside a tight locker now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:40 AM

^ classic liberalism right there - starts off sounding like high minded idealistic "justice", and ends up more corrupted and self serving than if they just admitted that they wanted nice things for themselves all along.

News flash people - no one is going to take care of you, and you need to take care of yourself. Capitalism is the fairest of all economic systems.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:42 AM

^ Nobody cares, douche.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 12:00 PM

^ you don't speak for me, douche.
Clearly what you think that word means is not what the world accepts the meaning as, brah.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 12:17 PM

He meant that you're a douchebag. The world accepts this as truth. Clearly, brah.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 12:42 PM

LOL at 12:42 pretending he's not butthurt 12:00
Brah, you need to step up your troll game a little bit. Your carelessness is embarrassing *everyone in the entire world and those on uncharted worlds beyond our galaxy*. Klingons are embarrassed for you, cupcake.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 12:58 PM

amazing level of ignorance and stupidity here. the barclay center is a terrible idea and always has been, the damage it has done to brooklyn is irreprable. i'm so glad i moved!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:11 PM

words, words, and more words.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:15 PM

Yes, 11:42/12:17/12:58. Anyone who is tired of you posting the same lame political rants ad nauseum is EXACTLY the same person.

It's not possible that nobody actually cares about your rants, not possible at all! Keep it up, yours is truly a pursuit with great meaning, you're really winning hearts and minds here!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:31 PM

1:11 we're glad you moved too

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:32 PM

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