BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
Release Date: August 19, 2011
Audience: All ages
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: RUMUR Inc.
Director: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky
Executive Producer: N/A
Producer: Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky,
Address Comments To:David Beilinson, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky
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Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: (718) 636-0949
Graphic designer Daniel Goldstein is an unlikely hero and a very unlikely free marketer. When he gets enough money, he buys a condominium in Brooklyn in anticipation of his upcoming wedding. Suddenly, he finds out that the city has condemned all the property around the Atlantic Boatyards to build a massive, 16 skyscraper and basketball arena complex for the New Jersey Nets. Daniel is furious that the government should misuse the power of eminent domain to seize his apartment and hand it over to a private developer. He battles this illegal use of government power to the very end, finally losing his apartment but exposing the lies of the city and the developer.
Shot over the course of eight years, using 500 hours of footage, BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN contains incredible insights into the corruption of government. Perfectly good housing and some very expensive housing like Daniel’s are condemned for the purposes of graft, kickbacks and greed. Silly New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Brooklyn borough president and the private developer are in cahoots in a shell game to do a project that’s unnecessary and ill conceived. At first, the developer says Frank Gehry is involved and shows some outlandishly modern architectural designs. Daniel pushes for someone else to bid on the property, who’ll actually pay people fair market value for the property and gets a bid for much less taxpayer funding. In other words, he’s saving the taxpayer money. Inconceivably, the city forgoes for the higher cost project. It’s little consolation that the city’s developer can’t deliver on his promises.
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN is a very interesting, valuable documentary. It’s an incredible expose of big government. It’s the liberals who discover that government is the enemy. That said, it wanders sometimes, contains irrelevant material and fails to focus completely on its premise. It is very good but could have been great.
However, the filmmakers should be applauded and everyone should try to see BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN to see how bad big government really is.
BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN contains incredible insights into the corruption of government. It’s an incredible expose. It’s the liberals who discover that government is the enemy. That said, the movie wanders sometimes, contains irrelevant material and fails to focus completely on its premise. It is very good but could have been great. However, everyone should see BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN to see how bad big government really is.