• Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 20:07:27View | Delete

    that’s the one, 636 Pacific, now gone: http://rumur.com/bfbstills/636_pacific_street.jpg

    the film does not talk about Michael Ratner, too tangential to the story. BUT yes, Michael Ratner of CCR is Bruce’s brother, but it doesn’t end there. Michael is an investor in the project who will make a financial gain from it. talk about hypocrite.

    here are some articles on the Bruce and Michael nexus

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:47:57View | Delete

    couldn’t let this one go. we held off Ratner for 7 years, and if the richest man in russia hadn’t swooped in to financially bail out Ratner, we would have stopped the project. and the battle was through 4 major lawsuits on the federal and state levels, and in the end very few people were left standing, not even Ratner whose reputation is forever sullied and whose project is synonymous with eminent domain abuse, corruption and bad planning.

    It was a battle for sure.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:32:27View | Delete

    Hey Lisa, Bev and the whole FDL team, thanks so much for inviting us on and sharing this amazing film with your members and readers.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:30:42View | Delete

    its a big challenge to write about such an epic struggle, but I think it is really important that my story is told, for various reasons, in more detail than any film possibly could.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:29:13View | Delete

    whoops, that was meant as a reply to Lisa’s “What is next for all of you aside from spreading the word about Battle for Brooklyn? What projects?”

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:26:49View | Delete

    as for me, I’m working on a book, a very personal one, about the 7 years leading the fight against Ratner’s project. And i’m still actively involved with Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn which, like all the community groups in the area, is still trying to contend with what will be a disastrous construction or dormant 22 acre site for the next 20-30 years.

    but i think you meant the filmmakers….so….

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:20:55View | Delete

    By the way, there are a number of very thoughtful reviews and features on the film, they’re at:

    http://www.battleforbrooklyn.com/press

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:19:25View | Delete

    was going to say that.

    Norman Oder in his extensive, must-read review of the film in Dissent wrote:

    HAVING OBSERVED much of the story in real time, I found Battle most valuable in the camera’s witness to the palpable insincerity and cold-blooded indifference of the developer-government alliance. Though Atlantic Yards may not directly evoke the Robert Moses era, when massive numbers of people in New York City were displaced by large public projects, the film shows that the powers today are less blatant but still relentless.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:10:40View | Delete

    these problems and the push back against them are happening all over. we, Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, get contacted all the time from all over the country by people telling us about the development abuses they are dealing with.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:09:20View | Delete

    i joined mike and suki and david in Toronto at Hot Docs Film Festival and the 2 sold out audiences there loved the film. it has broad appeal beyond NYC and Brooklyn. its relatable, and funny and enraging.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:06:17View | Delete

    i don’t think it is so much that they are that gullible, but that they are not effective enough to initiate really job development or to understand ….oh, okay, yes, they are gullible too. and they like being greased by Ratner types. I mean Forest City Enterprises, the parent company in Cleveland, is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, publicly traded development firms in the US and so they hold an incredible amount of political power and sway in NY

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:02:28View | Delete

    it is not different either from all the no-bid contracts that plague us. this was a no-bid contract. and in the end it is the same as what went on with the banksters, nobody in government stopped to say—this doesn’t seem right.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 18:00:46View | Delete

    Its one of the few movies (and issues) that can bring the full political spectrum together, perhaps not the elected officials, but the people for certain.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:59:45View | Delete

    the biggest benefit long and short term is he has control of 22 acres of some of the most valuable real estate in NYC and he got it for a song. he can even sell a lot of it off down the road if he wants to.

    but how did he get the scam over on those in power, he sloganized “Jobs, Housing and Hoops” and they stopped thinking after that.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:58:00View | Delete

    Right, so please tell all your New York friends that they gotta go see Battle for Brooklyn this weekend (June 17, 18,19) at Cinema Village. This really is an American (and universal, really) story that is important for wider audiences to see.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:52:31View | Delete

    btw, as of now there is not even a design for a single residential building. yet ratner benefitted from eminent domain, governor and mayor support, and other subsidies because of the promise of “affordable housing”

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:51:12View | Delete

    all of the federal housing subsidies allocated to New York on an annual basis would be eaten up by the Ratner plan. and same here, the so-called affordable housing, which is not affordable to most Brooklynites, is a boon to the developer because of the subsidies and other breaks that come with it. It is really the only way Ratner can afford to build any housing, on our dime.

    One estimate showed about 1.4 billion in housing subsidy for this project, but none has been granted yet.

    and yes, the affordable units are smaller. an “affordable” 2 bedroom in the project would be smaller than a market rate 2 bedroom.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:44:55View | Delete

    100% true.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:44:34View | Delete

    terrible, incredibly terrible when it comes to community involvement and development. his legacy will be failed big projects that bypassed communities.

    in the film there is a scene where Bloomberg is next to Ratner at a press conference for the signing of a bogus Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and Ratner is asked to say what happens if he doesn’t meet his commitments. Ratner says that there would probably be litigation against him. Bloomberg jumps in and says, “Let me just say here that Bruce Ratner’s word is all that we need.”

    Yup, one billionaire businessmen telling us to blindly trust another. Definitely not the way Blooomberg would run his corporation.

  • Daniel Goldstein commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Battle for Brooklyn

    2011-06-13 17:41:05View | Delete

    the sensible and cost effective thing to do, for Ratner, Brookylyn, and New Jersey would have been to move the Nets permanently to the new Newark arena. they are there temporarily for 2 years.

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