Chapel Hill native Michael Galinsky’s film, “Battle for Brooklyn,” is a documentary that zooms in on New York City’s demolition of a Brooklyn community to make way for a basketball stadium and real estate development.
At the heart of the story is Brooklyn resident Daniel Goldstein, who fights for seven years in court, on the street and in the media, to defend his home and community from the project and its army of lawyers, public relations officers and political allies.
Staff writer Walker Minot talked with Galinsky, who will speak at the FedEx Global Education Center Wednesday, about “Battle for Brooklyn,” the Occupy movement and sports.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Center
Admission is $10
Daily Tar Heel: How did you come across the story for the documentary “Battle for Brooklyn”?
Michael Galinsky: My partner and I had wanted to do a documentary talking about the media, and our daughter went to day care about a block from the site. We read about the story in the (New York) Times and it sounded like a press release. The story was wrong; it said that this wonderful thing was going to happen and didn’t say that a lot of people lived there and how they were going to be affected.