Battle for Brooklyn


BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN 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. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and the community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to stop the abuse of eminent domain and reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.


Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley

MICHAEL GALINSKY – Director/Producer/DoP
A partner in Brooklyn-based multimedia studio RUMUR, Michael Galinsky is a filmmaker, photographer and musician, and has spent the last 20 years collaborating with wife Suki Hawley. He recently directed and shot the documentary feature Battle for Brooklyn, his fifth feature with Hawley. Prior he co-directed and shot the true-crime special Miami Manhunt (A&E), which follows the epic investigation of a notorious Miami serial rapist and the documentary feature August in the Empire State which tracks events surrounding the 2004 Republican National Convention.

SUKI HAWLEY – Director/Producer/Editor
A partner in Brooklyn-based multimedia studio RUMUR, filmmaker Suki Hawley has been collaborating with husband Michael Galinsky for almost 20 years. She recently directed and edited the documentary feature Battle for Brooklyn, her fifth feature with Galinsky. Prior she edited a series of documentary features for cable networks including Miami Manhunt, American Cannibal and Mardi Gras: Made in China.