3rd Annual Preservation Film Fest To Screen ‘Battle For Brooklyn’ & ‘Little Fugitive’

DOWNTOWN/CONEY ISLAND – The New York Preservation Archive Project is hosting its third annual Preservation Film Festival April 2nd to May 3rd, screening contemporary documentaries and historic classics across the five boroughs.

The selected films address current themes such as climate change, urbanism, development, and affordable housing, and how they relate to preservation. Here in Brooklyn there will be two screenings: the 2011 documentary Battle For Brooklyn will be shown Monday, April 15 at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and the 1953 independent film Little Fugitive will be featured on Saturday, April 20 at the Coney Island Museum.

Battle For Brooklyn documents activist Daniel Goldstein and his neighbors’ years-long battle against the city’s use of eminent domain to seize and demolish homes for the Atlantic Yards development (now Pacific Park).

The screening will include a discussion with one of the filmmakers as well as two local writers who have been documenting the development project over the years—Norman Oder (Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report) and Katia Kelly (Pardon Me For Asking).

Little Fugitive follows a seven-year-old boy on a journey through Coney Island after he is tricked into believing he has killed his brother. The screening will take place at the Coney Island Museum, offering attendees the chance to visit the exhibits beforehand.

The New York Preservation Archive Project is a not-for-profit organization that documents and celebrates historic preservation in New York City. See the full 2019 Preservation Film Festival schedule here.

Battle For Brooklyn
Monday, April 15, 6pm to 8:30pm
Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets $5

Little Fugitive
Saturday, April 20, 6pm to 8pm
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Tickets $5

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Pamela Wong

Pam is a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn. You can reach her at Pamela@bklyner.com. Tips are always welcome. She also writes about art at arthag.typepad.com.


  1. Battle For Brooklyn. Your kidding me right? How short is your collective memory. Goldstein is the guy who held out for the highest offer. Once it was offered he grabbed it and disappeared into the night. Stop lying to yourselves. Setting this guy up as a victim or hero is akin to Stalinist rewriting of history.

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