February 11th, 2011 — By — In News & Events

Battle for Brooklyn eminent domain documentary preview at ALI-ABA 2011

We have just heard that a documentary concerning the Atlantic Yards Project (we have discussed AY numerous times on this blog, including here and here) will be previewing at the ALI-ABA Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation course next week in Coral Gables, FL. If you have not registered, there is still time and here’s another reason why this course is so unique.

EXCLUSIVE: Sneak Peak Screening of Controversial Eminent Domain Documentary – BATTLE for BROOKLYN

Battle for Brooklyn chronicles the seven year fight to stop the use of eminent domain in the single densest development proposed in U.S. history, the infamous Atlantic Yards Project.

Battle for Brooklyn is a compelling human story set against the backdrop of an important social issue. Don’t miss the chance to see and discuss it with your friends and colleagues at our conference.
-Leslie Fields, Esq.

Screening times:

Wednesday Feb 16th: 5:30pm – Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables

Friday Feb 18th: 5:30pm – Hyatt Regency, Coral Gables

Running time is 90 minutes.

*The filmmakers will be present to discuss the film Thursday during the 5:30 Participant Reception and Friday following the screening.

Note: the film also features ALI-ABA faculty presenter and NYC attorney Norman Siegel.

Attorney for the property owners, Michael Rikon says: “The Battle for Brooklyn is a very important film because it graphically shows how disenfranchised property owners are when confronted with condemnation…This is the best narrative of eminent domain abuse ever made. It is a must for any one seriously interested in Urban Planning.”


The film is a close-range look at the fight to stop condemnation waged by property owners and residents living in the footprint of the Atlantic Yards Project, a massive real estate development proposal to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn.

Daniel Goldstein’s apartment sits at what would be center court of the new arena. He is dragged into the fight because he simply can’t believe that the government should use the power of Eminent Domain to take his property and hand it off to a private developer. He and others form a community activist group to develop alternative plans to the proposal and to expose misconceptions about the project in the media. Going up against the largest publicly traded real estate developer in the U.S., a mayor, and Russian oligarch (all billionaires), he wages an all out battle to stop the project and takes his case to the State’s highest court of law.

Along the way, Daniel falls in love, gets married and starts a family. Compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, Battle of Brooklyn is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

You can view the trailer here.

About The Filmmakers

As an award-winning multimedia production studio, RUMUR Inc, has collaborated with such high profile clients as HBO, A&E, IFC, PBS, AOL, The New York Times, The New York Public Library and the NYC Department of Education to produce feature films, mini-series, industrial commercials, and web applications. Previous films have been short-listed for Academy Award consideration.

RUMUR has a reputation for producing and distributing provocative documentaries that both garner critical acclaim and have the power to move people to action. Battle of Brooklyn will be the centerpiece of a campaign to re-examine state laws regarding eminent domain and property rights.

For more information visit rumur.com/about

[Disclosure: Leslie Fields and Michael Rikon are eminent domain attorneys affiliated with Owners’ Counsel of America. Ms. Fields represents property owners throughout Colorado and Mr. Rikon represents owners in the state of New York.]

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