An odd Times blog post about plans to screen Battle for Brooklyn: arena is reality, battle lost, but filmmaker "argues" the story remains relevant
In On New Arena’s Big Night, a Rebuttal Down the Street, the Times reported:
Though the arena is now a reality, and the battle the movie tracked has long been lost, [filmmaker] Mr. [Michael] Galinksy argues that his documentary remains relevant.My comment, as posted:
“There’s a real tendency to want to forget,” he said of the contentious process. “But that’s how these things repeat themselves.”
A spokesman for the Barclays Center declined to comment.
Yes, the battle tracked in the movie has been lost, but declarations of victory are rather premature. Forest City Ratner promised "Jobs, Housing, and Hoops."Beyond that, does one have to argue that a documentary about recent history remains relevant?
The result so far: hoops (and concerts).
In other words, the benefits used to sell the project--and the significant government help, subsidies, and tax breaks--haven't been delivered.