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  • Hey look! Patois is open again! For a new generation of Brooklynites…

  • You’ll have plenty of time to admire this new Brooklyn landmark from your car in the middle of gridlocked traffic.

    • According to the computer animation they will be very little traffic flowing along a 6 lane highway. These guys are visionaries from the Robert Moses mold unless they are mixing this location up with Dubai.

    • According to the computer animation they will be very little traffic flowing along a 6 lane highway. These guys are visionaries from the Robert Moses mold unless they are mixing this location up with Dubai.

  • Paging Dwight Howard!

    ***Half Peak Comps Euroding***

  • Whoa. I think they got the Monster Truck Madness guy to narrate this commercial.

    “BROOKLYN. The word itself resonates. It is a LIFESTYLE. It is an ATTITUDE.”

    Brooklyn, verily thou art the cheesecake crumbs on Marty Markowitz’s chin! Bourough of big dreams! Borough that dares to boycott the Israeli olive spread!

    Alas, all we lack is a professional sports franchise.

    No, we Brooklynites are not really worthy of this transformational landmark sports arena project. But thanks to our tax dollars, we are getting it.

    And look at the stunning visuals, folks! That Barclays Center is sure going to be beautiful: it’s gonna have seats, and a scoreboard and everything!

    The video people also included a helpful animated sequence showing us how to get there: by automobile, at highway speed. So let’s show our Brooklyn pride: jump into your cars, people, and drive right down to the Barclay’s Center….

  • All the PR in the world will not even put lipstick on this lump of a building. Already a nightmare intersection for pedestrians and drivers alike, I can already see what an ugly addition this arena will be.
    Maybe if they had kept Frank Gehrey than at least the design would have been an architectural landmark, it certainly made Bilbao a magnet city for tourism.
    Not that more people are needed we were getting along OK before Marty Markowitz got his cut and the develpoer did their bait and switch. I’m hoping that I’ll be around long enough to see this blight demolished. You never know it happened to Ebbets Field and a couple of Madson Sq Gardens.

  • I like the arena and the Nets coming here.

    That said, you have to know this isn’t just LIKE Robert Moses -this planning IS Robert Moses and hopefully it’s the last of it The old meat market in that location was torn down for Ebbets field as the last gasp of Moses’ planning in the inner city. The area empty and decaying for years, with a drooping “Bickford’s” sign left on the abandoned LIRR terminal for ages, a bad souvenir of 60′s urban “planning”

    I am glad something finally is going on here and that my neighborhood doesn’t remain an afterthought any longer.

    We’ll see if we can actually drive by the arena at 65 MPH with no other cars on the highway though. Looks like an animation of traffic AFTER East River tolls and pay zones have been instated : )

    • You might want to check up on your Master Builder history. The O’Malleys wanted to build a stadium where the current mall and Atlantic Terminal is today, not on Atlantic Yards.

    • Ebbets Field wasn’t at this location, it was alot further out Flatbush. I remember shopping at a refrigerated meat market, it was pretty disguting but cheap. It was around the back of the shopping mall and not something to be missed.
      Now that the Nets owner lost the election to Putin he will have more time to spend on his investment

      • The Dodgers were in negotiations to remain in Brooklyn, and a new stadium in this location was held out as an incentive.

        There was a refrigerated meat market here, too (unless this is the one you meant). It had my favorite signage of all time, featuring a crude side view of a goat, captioned “The flavor of our fine meats will linger long after it has been tasted” in blood red.

        • Can we all agree that Ebbetts Field was way out on Flatbush in Crown Heights.
          Can we all agree that this is blossoming into an ugly eyesore.
          Can we all agree that getting to Brooklyn from Jersey or the Island is not easy now and will not get better.
          Can we all agree that this used to be a crappy section and when finished it will be a congested crappy section. Like the Garden ‘neighbourhood’

          • No we cannot agree.
            Go Brooklyn Nets!

          • …wouldn’t it be nice if they re-thought to rename the team …my vote would be the Brooklyn Brownstones – that way we can watch the ‘Stones play at night in our backyard. And the takeoffs – the Walled Defense, the team standing shoulder to shoulder…think of the possibilities…

        • Can we all agree that Ebbetts Field was way out on Flatbush in Crown Heights.
          Can we all agree that this is blossoming into an ugly eyesore.
          Can we all agree that getting to Brooklyn from Jersey or the Island is not easy now and will not get better.
          Can we all agree that this used to be a crappy section and when finished it will be a congested crappy section. Like the Garden ‘neighbourhood’

        • Do you remember the name of the meat market, something like The Apache or Mohave?

          • I don’t remember the name of it. I know there was a Western Beef here towards the end, but there were a few other ones too. Doesn’t Western beef have a cactus in a serape in it’s logo? That might have made you think of Apache or Mojave.

  • I think it is time to drop the cynicism and begin to embrace this project, because it is here folks!

    I am very happy that Brooklyn will have a real multipurpose arena and a pro sports franchise. We are the 4th largest city in the nation (that is not spin, that is a fact) for crying out loud, we need it and deserve it!!

    Stop all the bellyaching and cheer for the Brooklyn Nets, Go Team!!!

  • “neighborhood team”

    I like the sound of that.

  • The voice over guy refers to the “cultural and enviromental synergy” of the arena. Does that mean the much-narrower-than-originally-planned sidewalks surronding the arena? Or maybe he’s referring to the super-block of elevated automobile parking just to the east? And I love the shout out to NJ and Long Island drivers, “Near every bridge and tunnel in the metro area!” Way to go.

  • “The Dodgers were in negotiations to remain in Brooklyn, and a new stadium in this location was held out as an incentive.”

    **

    Wrong.

    The Dodgers’ owner, Walter O Malley, wanted to keep the team in Brooklyn and favored the Atlantic Terminal/Atlantic Yards site. However Robert Moses held all the cards and had no plans to authorize a ballpark in this location. Moses wanted the Dodgers out in Queens, if anywhere. O’Malley balked at that and later recognized that a move to Los Angeles would make the most sense financially. Ebbets Field was torn down after the Dodgers left town in 1957.

    I remember the meat market, and the crappy area this was in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s great they’re building a stadium here, and I personally I don’t particularly care how it came about.

  • “all to achieve a cultural and environmental synergy”

    “to bridge the gap for its tomorrow”

    Who writes this crap? It’s hilarious!

  • Yes, the area was crappy in the 60′s and 60′s, but those days are long past and the area was in the midst of re-creation in the 90′s and 2000′s. So, instead of getting something nice here, we get real crap, a stadium that looks like a toilet seat lid … and which is still an improvement on the originally-proposed Gehry monstrosity. A real cause for celebration!

  • This video was hilarious. I should probably watch it again, so I can write down some of the great lines, delivered like it was the new Chrysler Detroit commercials, but my stomach can’t take it.

    I am left with the funniest images forever ingrained on my cerebral cortex: the animation of two or three cars sailing past the arena, and the lovingly slow panned shots of the flipped hair, bodacious ta-ta’s and rumps of the cheerleaders. Forget architectural, cultural and sports legacies. THAT is what is really important here!

  • This video was hilarious. I should probably watch it again, so I can write down some of the great lines, delivered like it was the new Chrysler Detroit commercials, but my stomach can’t take it.

    I am left with the funniest images forever ingrained on my cerebral cortex: the animation of two or three cars sailing past the arena, and the lovingly slow panned shots of the flipped hair, bodacious ta-ta’s and rumps of the cheerleaders. Forget architectural, cultural and sports legacies. THAT is what is really important here!

  • There was definitely a Western Beef. It was there in the mid-80′s when I moved to that area.

    I don’t give a crap about the arena or the Nets and sports coming to Brooklyn, blah blah. What I do care about is being sold a bill of goods to accept this project, including “affordable” housing that is never going to happen. And the traffic is going to be completely ridiculous. You can’t cross the street there now and the damned thing isn’t even open yet. Once a couple of dozen people from NJ get run over maybe they’ll concern themselves about it.

  • There were several meat wholesalers down there in the days before Western Beef arrived, not one. It was a wholesale market.

  • P.S. Wow, is this video a bunch of crap. And screw you Jay Z. If I was driving in to Brooklyn in my limo like you are, maybe I’d be “excited”. As things stand now, that hideous thing just evokes dread.

  • > We are the 4th largest city in the nation (that is not spin, that is a fact)

    Except for the fact that Brooklyn is not a city, but part of one, you are correct.

  • And there was nothing romantic about it either, unless you like flies. I’ll be there for Knicks v. Nets.

  • isn’t this the guy that narrates the tv show “gangland”?

  • This is probably a question for Montrose, but I believe there was a large wholesale meat market located all along Atlantic from Flatbush to where the Atlantic Terminal NYCHA buildings are now. Probably the Western Beef was a hangover from those days. It was all demolished in the 1960s. Baruch College was going to build a new campus on the site of what is now the Atlantic mall and the low-rise housing development (Atlantic Commons?). Then there was a mixed use plan involving mid-rise housing and some retail, I believe in the late 70s/early 80s. That fell apart in the early 80s recession. I recently saw a Weegee photo of a huge crowd of butchers waiting in the street for the trucks of undressed meat to arrive.

    • I think you are right, but alas, Montrose doesn’t know everything. I remember many of those buildings when I first moved to Brooklyn, too, but can’t easily put my hands on any info about them, or the district. I would most definitely write about it if and when I do find anything.

  • How about The Brooklyn Bait n’ Switchers?
    Dem Bums Part II?
    The Kremlin Globe Trotters?
    The Marty Retirement Packagers?
    The Brooklyn Congesters?

    It will be interesting to see all the ‘real’ Brooklyniers getting front row seats. ‘time for Spike to return to Fort Green

  • Yes this definitely blends in with the neighborhood. The architect was definitely thinking “contextual” when conjuring up this thing.

    I can’t wait !!