“HoldOut” – A short documentary about Atlantic Yards holdouts



The latest in Atlantic Yards coverage is a beautifully crafted new short documentary by Zachary Barr, Jeff Hutchens, Nacho Corbella and Uma Sanghvi: “HoldOut.”

From the MediaStorm website:

Atlantic Yards is Brooklyn’s largest ever proposed real estate development. The plan includes a basketball arena, numerous high rises, and would cost nearly five billion dollars. To make room, many buildings have been razed and more than 600 residents have left the neighborhood. But a handful of residents refuse to leave.

After trudging through every nook and cranny of the footprint, taking tens of thousands of photos, trying to capture what it was, what it is now, and what it’s becoming, I recognize nearly every location and person in this visually stunning short.  A small part of my home even makes an appearance.  It’s not factually perfect, per Norman Oder on his Atlantic Yards Report, but I feel that it does put a much needed human face on those directly in the path of the developer Forest City Ratner’s wrecking ball.

My only regret is that it was so short.  I hope this team has a longer Atlantic Yards project in the works.

One Response to “HoldOut” – A short documentary about Atlantic Yards holdouts

  1. Samantha says:


    I am interning for an off Broadway theater company this summer and am looking to contact you regarding an event we are holding in your neighborhood. What is the best way to reach you, as you do not have email listed on your blog. I may be contacted at SRadocchia@tfana.org and look forward to hearing from you!

    Samantha Radocchia

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