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Battle of Brooklyn chronicles a six year community fight against a massive real estate development that uses eminent domain to take people's homes. Read more

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Battle of Brooklyn chronicles a six year community fight against a massive real estate development that uses eminent domain to take people's homes.

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Battle of Brooklyn progress report

We got a lot of great feedback from our Dec 10 screening. We made a number of changes in response to the feedback and feel that the first 30 minutes works much better now. Thanks everyone

We have also continued to shoot. Unfortunately, on Dec 23, the state and the developer held a master closing, and hours later Daniel and the other property owners were served with papers, initiating the formal takings process. They continue to fight for their homes and businesses. Over at Freddy's prohibition era bar they are fighting fast and furious. Over the last few weeks they have:
1. Installed chains on the bar to handcuff themselves in case there is a standoff. The ESDC quickly responded that they would dragged off by force. Way to go government!!!!
2. Built a 9 ft beer can guillotine to kill eminent domain
3. Arranged a big boycott event for this weekend at Freddy's. Look for Steve de Seve and Donald O'Finn on Fox and Friends this Monday.

I'm updating this post because it was pointed out that I made it seem that the fight was over. It is far from over and I want to correct that.

- On another note- The NY POST named the AY story the most important Brooklyn story of the decade
http://www.nypost.com/p/brooklyn_top_stories_of_the_decade_kQFJVanQWQ7ImagKgxU3YO

Also,in breaking news- FCR's other big NY area project - Ridge Hill- in Yonkers (just north of the city) - made headlines today when several city officials were indicted for corruption charges related to the project.... maybe FCR is next
http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2010/01/forest-city-ratner-unnamedunindicted.html

Thanks again for all of your support.

Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, David Beilinson

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    1. Creator Lauri Dahl on January 6, 2010

      Although this particular battle may soon be lost, the battle and the film have raised awareness of this issue. Eminent domain is a valid government resource but when it is abused, it undermines the legitimate uses. Thanks for your work.