Friday, April 26, 2013

Brooklyn's New Barclays Center

The Barclays Center-- now the home of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team -- opened last September, but it has been a hot topic of conversation far longer.

At 675,000 square feet, the Barclays Center stamps a large footprint in downtown Brooklyn, an area that was mostly known for the MetroTech Center office complex, the Atlantic Center shopping mall and Brooklyn's large subway hub, the Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street station.

Many of the nearby residents were worried about the crowds the arena would attract, and particularly the parking problems that may result.

I'm not sure how much of that has come to pass, but the Barclays Center does seem to be a boon for the borough and competes with Madison Square Garden in attracting popular performers. Jay-Z opened the Barclays Center, followed less than a week later by Barbra Streisand. Upcoming concerts include Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Justin Bieber.

I can't possibly get into the pros and cons of the arena -- dissertations could be written on it. The arena hasn't much affected me. Mostly it's just getting used to that aforementioned subway station now being called Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center.

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