Electeds Speak Out Against Barclays’ Failure to Disclose Late Night Booze Consumption at Arena

When Barclays Center management released its response to the various stipulations that local community boards had placed upon the arena in return for supporting its application to the State Liquor Authority earlier this week, it set off a tempest with mention of the previously-undisclosed fact that bars and VIP areas within the arena planned to serve alcohol until as late as 2 a.m. on some nights. This made all the groups that had given conditional support feel like arena management was trying to pull a fast one and, reports Atlantic Yards Report this morning, resulted in a number of public officials banding together to make a joint statement about the duplicitous maneuvering in advance of two SLA hearings planned in the coming weeks.”We are acting to protect the rights of our Community Boards to protect the interests of our local residents and businesses,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. “These serious omissions endanger the entire license application. They must be remedied.” In a joint letter with Council Member Letitia James, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman James Brennan, Montgomery asked the SLA to “divide the application and return the applications for premium seating areas. luxury boxes, clubs, restaurants, and any other tiered service variances for all events to Brooklyn Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Community Board 6.”

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  • So they are having alcohol???, the residents need to lighten up already.
    How is that going to effect them? Really, don’t they have anything better to complain about.

    • Yeah those residents should butt out and let the alckys drink until 2am. Why aren’t those residents complaining about the 2,000 jobs getting whittled down to 100. And not a peep about what a rusty hulk of an ugly building. It looks like a capsized tramp tanker.

      • That’s right. Everyone who drinks until 2am is an alcoholic. The fact that there are legitimate complaints about the AY doesn’t make this one legitimate. If you don’t want to live in an area with any nightlife, move to the suburbs. If you live in the city get over it already.

        • Finally a voice of reason. All those whining locals should turn over the keys to their brownstones to Ratner, Marty, JayZ and the Russian owner. Those ugly old building could be demolished to put up parking lots, Chuck E Cheeses and Hooters. Wait a minute they don’t have to move to the suburbs though the charms of the ‘burbs are coming to Brooklyn.

    • Because the idea of drunk bridge-and-tunnelers stumbling around Flatbush and into Park Slope/Prospect Heights/Fort Greene at 2 in the morning isn’t exactly appealing. It’s bad enough that that many people are going to be drawn into the area for games & events. There’s no need to give them incentive to stay any later than they already will be.

      • Please, how often do drunks really stumble around.????
        There will also be a parking lot, so they will not be stumbling around…..jumping to conclusions???

        I would be more upset by the airplanes that fly CONSTANTLY over Park Slope all freaking day long, every 30 seconds.Low enough to ask for peanuts…That would bother me more, and it does.

        Give me a break, you would rather breath in jet fuel, over a few drunks once and a while.

        • Yeah right what about low flying planes? Nobody wants to talk about them. Sometimes those jet fumes can make you crazy. And what’s up with these hipsters always eating and drinking? And the double wide strollers and the youngster that want you to sign forms and give them money? And nobody wants to talk about PC Richards. Who even goes there except to use their parking lot. And why do we have to walk a diagonal line to cross at Atlantic and Flatbush? And whats with the 4 ????s followed by three ???s.

          • yeah, well the low flying planes over PS are much more of a nusiance than worrying about a few drunks walking the streets at 2am.

            the planes fly constantly, dropping jet fuel, do effect our lives.

            *****sticks tongue out*****

            your sarcasm is not appreciated

          • yeah, well the low flying planes over PS are much more of a nusiance than worrying about a few drunks walking the streets at 2am.

            the planes fly constantly, dropping jet fuel, do effect our lives.

            *****sticks tongue out*****

            your sarcasm is not appreciated

          • No you are right about the low flying planes, why do they have to get so close to the ground before landing anyway??? And those drunks walking the streets at 2am can be charming. They share their deepest thoughts and needs in distinct and clear voices for all to hear. They close their car doors with confidence and gusto so that we all feel safe. They overcome petty bourgeois inhibitions and they can love, urinate, fight and vomit without uptight residents permission. Bring on the Gentlemen’s Clubs and Adult Entertainment and let the Games begin.

          • My name is “Talky Tina”, and I think I could hate you!

          • Art Salt

            Stargazer, you should touch base with the new DUMBO residents that are trying to stop the MTA from sending subway trains over the Manhattan Bridge.

          • yeah, but the difference is the trains were always running over the bridge before DUMBO became what it is today.

            There were never planes flying that low over park slope way back when, now there are.
            you don’t see the difference.

            It wasn’t there before , now it is.

            trains were always running over the bridge, I wouldn’t live there because of that.

            I wouldn’t even buy a house with a basketball hoop in the font, as I don’t want to hear a bouncing ball.

            ***sticks tongue out*****and curses

          • Art Salt

            Stargazer, you should touch base with the new DUMBO residents that are trying to stop the MTA from sending subway trains over the Manhattan Bridge.

  • this is more than any NBA arena does, it is materially different and needed to be disclosed. did they actually lie in the application, or was it “simply” lies to all the Community Boards?

    what’s funny is that the failure to disclose might hurt them more with residents than otherwise – since you have to presume that 1000 people drinking until 2am IN the arena probably reduces the number of people who will be wandering around the neighborhood looking for places to drink. (might increase the chances of drunk driving directly from the arena, but perhaps the arena security will actually be better than local bars at preventing this, due to liability & deep pockets?)

    on the other hand, the area bars and restaurants, and anyone expecting to get a job at one of them, should be all over this. the justification for the use of public funds was economic development; local business supported the license app on the theory it would bring them patrons who were ready to spend! instead, the arena is now going to be keeping all of the top-shelf customers, and their easy dollars, for itself!

  • daveinbedstuy

    The bad elements that Kemistry attracts will keep the bridge and tunnell riff raff in check.

  • The LIRR station closes at midnight. The transportation plan includes extra trains between 10 pm and midnight, but so far, there’s no plan to keep the station open after midnight. So you’re giving the subset of arena-goers who can’t take a taxi home a pretty big incentive to drive. That seems like a problem to me.

    • cp

      well, i guess they need to have a one am and 2 am train.

      i remember years ago being at the nassau colleseum and getting out real late. either the colleseum or the promotor provided busses to get you to the nearest stations since there were no more busses after midnight.

    • cp

      well, i guess they need to have a one am and 2 am train.

      i remember years ago being at the nassau colleseum and getting out real late. either the colleseum or the promotor provided busses to get you to the nearest stations since there were no more busses after midnight.

  • Somebody needs to tell them that they don’t need alcohol to have a good time. Then again, except if you’re watching semi-pro ball like the Nets, I suppose.

  • The shows at this venue are so diverse from JayZ to Striesand to Nativity shows on Ice to Leonard Cohen who may have written the theme song for this stadium; ‘Everybody knows’
    Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
    Everybody knows that the war is over
    Everybody knows the good guys lost
    Everybody knows the fight was fixed
    The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
    That’s how it goes
    Everybody knows
    Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
    Everybody knows that the captain lied
    Everybody got this broken feeling
    Like their father or their dog just died

  • The shows at this venue are so diverse from JayZ to Striesand to Nativity shows on Ice to Leonard Cohen who may have written the theme song for this stadium; ‘Everybody knows’
    Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
    Everybody knows that the war is over
    Everybody knows the good guys lost
    Everybody knows the fight was fixed
    The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
    That’s how it goes
    Everybody knows
    Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
    Everybody knows that the captain lied
    Everybody got this broken feeling
    Like their father or their dog just died