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Battle for Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklyn is a film by RUMUR about eminent domain abuse and the development of a professional basketball arena in Brooklyn. Widely known as the Atlantic Yards project, the undertaking was a major source of contention between the government, property owners, and private developers as local residents resisted a billionaire developer’s attempt to use eminent domain to seize their homes and businesses.

FEATURING: Daniel Goldstein, Shabnam Merchant, Bruce Ratner, Patti Hagan, Norman Siegel, Marty Markowitz, Jay-Z, Letitia James, Michael Bloomberg

Learn more about the film here.


“The movie has heart, soul and chutzpah. The time line that drives Battle for Brooklyn makes it as urgent as any Hollywood thriller.” Four stars-NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“A gripping, cinematic story with an epic character arc.”-DOCUMENTARY MAGAZINE

“A love story. A compelling tale about the value of individual and collective resistance.”-SALON

“Remarkable. Nothing depicts the brough’s backbone with more personality and urgency than Battle for Brooklyn.”-THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Infuriating. Battle offers both a sobering portrait of personal revolt and a searing case study of a community dismantled by racial and economic tensions.” Four Stars- TIME OUT NEW YORK

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