Film Showing & Panel Tonight Connects Brooklyn/Bronx Development Deals

8 Mar

Bronx Matters thought readers might be interested in this event tonight at the new Bronx Documentary Center in Melrose …

Join South Bronx Unite Stop Fresh Direct; Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn; and Good Jobs New York for a screening of the award-winning documentary Battle for Brooklyn at Bronx Documentary Center.

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00pm

614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.)

Bronx, New York 10451

(close to the 2 or 5 train at 3rd Avenue—149th

Battle for Brooklyn (93 minutes) follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for a professional basketball arena and the densest real estate development in U.S. history.

The film will be followed by a Q&A featuring the filmmakers; Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s Daniel Goldstein; Good Jobs New York’s Bettina Damiani; and South Bronx Unite Stop Fresh Direct. The discussion will explore how mega economic development deals that seem isolated are connected by grassroots struggles that affect us all. Panelists will discuss the seven-year battle over Forest City Ratner’s eminent domain abuse at Atlantic yards and the current burgeoning struggle against the city’s proposal to help move FreshDirect, the online grocer, from Queens to the Bronx waterfront, where activists have long been trying to establish a greenway. Both are campaigns against destructive, undemocratic, and publicly subsidized land deals bolstered by spurious promises of jobs that, as “Battle for Brooklyn” proves, never seem to materialize.


One Response to “Film Showing & Panel Tonight Connects Brooklyn/Bronx Development Deals”

  1. GAX March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    There will be further discussion of this issue on BronxTalk this Monday night. We’ll show a clip from the film and the Brooklyn producer will be one of the guests and a member of Bronx Community Board 1 will be the other. BonrxTalk is on Bronxnet’s channel 67 Monday night’s at 9pm.

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