As Jay Z Opens the Barclays Center, The Critically-Acclaimed Counter-narrative to the Barclays Hype, “Battle for Brooklyn,” Screens for Free Half a Block Away

“‘Battle for Brooklyn’ is a riveting flick that shows how real estate developers use sports to seize other people’s property and enrich themselves with taxpayer subsidies; it is about how corporate interests enlist their allies in government to get what they want, even if that means lying to the public and screwing people who lack deep pockets and political connections.”
Michael O’Keeffe, New York Daily News

At the 2010 groundbreaking ceremony for the Barclays Center, just one portion of the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, Mayor Bloomberg intoned, “No one’s going remember how long it took. They’re only gonna look and see that it was done.”

Battle for Brooklyn will ensure that, despite the Mayor’s wishful thinking, people won’t forget.

On Sept 28th at 8pm, the Barclays Center opens its doors for the first time for a Jay Z concert. Simultaneously Battle for Brooklyn—the riveting counter-narrative to the intense, multi-million dollar PR campaign developer Forest City Ratner is using to tell a story they and their political supporters want the public and media to believe about their billion dollar arena and all the broken promises they would like to hide—will screen just steps away from the arena.

The critically-acclaimed feature film Battle for Brooklynthe true story behind the eight-year fight over the Atlantic Yards project—will be screened for free at the ball field at Dean Street Playground just one half block from the arena.

“Our film closely explores the contentious community fight to stop the Atlantic Yards project, and the promises made by the developer and his supporters in New York State and City government. The community’s efforts to have a meaningful say in its future, in the face of top down development and crony capitalism, is a universal story being played out all across the US,” said director Mike Galinsky.

“The developer and the project’s proponents would like this history to disappear down the memory hole. Battle for Brooklyn, this screening and
others timed around the arena’s opening plug that hole.”

Battle for Brooklyn was short-listed for a 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary, won Best Documentary and Best Film at the 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival and was chosen as a 2012 American Library Association Notable Film.

Free, outdoor screening of Battle for Brooklyn

WHEN: Friday, September 28. 8pm

WHERE: Dean Street Playground Ball Field

(Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue) [ Map ]

Subways: 2/3 Bergen Street stop, N/D/B Pacific Street Stop, C Lafayette Avenue Stop

Rain Location, Indoors: 669 Atlantic Avenue (Corner of S. Portland Ave. cattycorner to the arena) [
Map ]

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