The Barclays Center Is Officially Open


After nine years of planning, protests and construction, the Barclays Center opened today. Mayor Bloomberg, Borough President Markowitz, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and developer Bruce Ratner were there to sing the praises of the Atlantic Avenue development project in front of a sizable crowd. (As McBrooklyn pointed out of the four men: “That’s about $41 billion dollars worth of humanity.”) There was plenty of self-congratulation to go around. “This is a great day for Brooklyn and a great day for New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. Ratner and Prokhorov praised each other, each saying they were “the best partner” they’ve ever had. Bloomberg told the crowd he bought a season pass for the Nets and arrived today “by subway, naturally,” apparently in an effort to convince other arena-goers to do the same. Outside the center, protesters — three dressed as Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and Markowitz puppets — gathered and passed out fliers about not-yet-met promises of 10,000 jobs and 2,250 units of affordable housing. Representatives from the union also stood outside the arena calling for “good-paying union jobs,” while one protestor said, “They won’t even return our calls.” Protesters will be holding pop-up actions outside the arena until 4 pm today. After the jump, you can see a few interior shots of the arena, the protesters, and the crowd attending the ribbon cutting. As for other future plans for the center, quite a few local food vendors will sell at the arena, including Brooklyn Farmacy, Fatty ‘Cue and Calexico. Jay-Z will be the first performer at Barclays with a series of sold-out concerts starting next Friday. The Nets’ first game will be Nov. 1 against the Knicks.

LOTS OF PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE ARENA ON THE JUMP…

 

The press line for this morning’s event.

 

The entryway.

 

The halls.




 

The arena.


Protesters dressed as puppets.

 

Union members.

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  • hello_kitty

    Why are still protesting? It’s definitely a wrap!

  • In the best interest of our community, the best thing to do is to embrace this. It is here, it’s happening and it’s not going anywhere. There is much to be pissed off about in the building of this, but it is here now and it’s providing some much needed benefits to Brooklyn at a time of hardship for many cities. Brooklyn is flourishing. I have to say that at night, this thing is spectacular. I love the lights. I’m happy about the new subway station (although it could have used more art and design) but it’s functional and the cleanest in the system for a couple days. The facade of the arena is growing on me and the public plaza is a huge improvement from what was there previous. I really especially like the use of Brooklyn area food vendors to keep this super local. I’m excited about some of the concerts they’ve announced and I think it’s time everyone takes a deep breath, reboot and embrace what we now have (whether you wanted it or not). It’s one building in an entire city of over 8 million. This is not armagedden, it’s simply one tiny facet of a city which wanted a sports team and quite frankly, deserves one. I am amazed by Brooklyn every day and you don’t need to love the rust panels, but you should love that this is a happy day for many people who now have a sports team, who now get to take their kids to see Disney on ice and the circus, for music fans to see their favorite artists on their own turf without traveling up to MSG and for those who want to taste some of Brooklyn’s finest locally made foods.

  • I also read a report yesterday that said that residential rents in areas immediately surrounding the Barclays Arena increased more than ANY part of the Brooklyn in the past year. That seems to be in direct opposition to what the naysayers said would happen.

  • The traffic this morning was a nightmare while I was driving to work, I hope it’s not an indication of how it’ll be going forward, but probably will.

    Agree, it’s done, your time to protest and make a change is over, so might as well work to improve whats happening or just accept it. Maybe you can protest the ESB, I’m sure it was hated as an eyesore when it was being built.

  • Prospect – I like many, always wanted a stadium here, I just didn’t want land to be undersold and stolen to do it. It’s all forgotten now, I can’t for wait for Rihanna and Gaga. The new subway entrance makes the Atlantic, erm Barclays center a little easier to navigate.

  • Cate

    ProspectPerk, we ran a story about the rental report in Brooklyn yesterday too. Rents in Brooklyn are up across the board (year over year). Whether or not the arena has affected residential rents in the area — and how — up or down — is unclear, although that was an interesting story in The Real Deal.

  • Does that mean we are finally free of the NIMBY reporting on every little thing at AY, or are they going to entertain us for the next 10-15 years, as all the apartment buildings go up?

  • Sorry one more thing to note. As I walked up Flatbush Avenue this morning taking in the beautiful autumn day, I noticed all the new restaurants and shops and it was overwhelming. I saw a new coffee shop, lots of nice looking restaurants and stores and thought that I haven’t seen Flatbush Avenue looking this nice in I don’t know…forever? Some new trees along the way too, it seemed. So where are all the Popeyes and Burger Kings and Strip Clubs that the anti AY people said would come? I only see upscale coffee houses and nice restaurants which look perfect for a family in Park Slope or someone leaving the Streisand or Dylan concert. I don’t see any indication that any of the hysterical (and irrational) claims that were made by the anti AY people have come true. I see Daniel Goldstein still at it complaining though from his 3 million dollar perch in Park Slope though. Piece of work along with that Norman Oder. They must sit around every night coming up with bullet points about how this arena has ruined everyones lives and Brooklyn forever. It’s just sad at this point.

  • blowfish

    U. G. L. Y. Ellerbe Becket got no alibi

  • Blowfish:

    Except SHoP designed the Barclays Arena.

    http://www.shoparc.com/home#/projects/featured/barclayscenter

    Ellerbe did the subway station. If you’re going to make unhelpful remarks, at least make sure they are factually correct.

    • actually SHoP and Ellerbe collaborated on the Arena and the above grade portion of the station entrance.

      The below grade portion of the subway entrance was designed by Stantec. Stantec has excellent transit know-how, both in the Structural Engineering and Architectural Design. They also did the new Court Square entrance in LIC. Transit work is a real speciality, as you might imagine.

  • yeah, why protest injustice? why protest shady land deals orchestrated by fat cats? why protest against wall street? just accept the world as it is. nothing to see here, move along, hey the new iphone came out today, awesome!

  • i’m not a fan of it. i don’t like how it came to be and i don’t like the materials they used on the facade. that said, it does look pretty at night.

  • i’m not a fan of it. i don’t like how it came to be and i don’t like the materials they used on the facade. that said, it does look pretty at night.

  • You didn’t get a shot of the MetroPCS store on the street level – just to bring a little bit of sleaze into the neighborhood. And why shouldn’t we protest the $2 billion in tax subsidies and cuts FCR got, when not so much as one unit of affordable housing has even begun? Oh, and all those promised jobs? Yeah, not gonna happen either. @AYCrimeScene

  • You didn’t get a shot of the MetroPCS store on the street level – just to bring a little bit of sleaze into the neighborhood. And why shouldn’t we protest the $2 billion in tax subsidies and cuts FCR got, when not so much as one unit of affordable housing has even begun? Oh, and all those promised jobs? Yeah, not gonna happen either. @AYCrimeScene

  • Barclay’s Arena
    Geico Atrium
    Calvin Klein VIP entrance
    1876 Budweiser bar

    That’s ALL the corporate logos they could squeeze into that place??? Surely there’s room for more. Hopefully each of the urinals will have its own corporate sponsor.

  • Barclay’s Arena
    Geico Atrium
    Calvin Klein VIP entrance
    1876 Budweiser bar

    That’s ALL the corporate logos they could squeeze into that place??? Surely there’s room for more. Hopefully each of the urinals will have its own corporate sponsor.

  • Babs:

    You’ve been reading too much Atlantic Yards report. The 2 billion figure is 100% false and was from 2008 based on a long term outlook on a project which was far more extensive than the one which actually developed post financial crisis.

    To date the subsidies amount to 511 million. A far cry from your 2 billion.

    • The NYC IBO estimated the value of subsidies on the arena alone to be in excess of $700 million. That doesn’t include the rest of the railyards, the EB-5 cut-rate financing, the value of zoning overrides on remainder of the site, and on and on. Let’s not forget about NYPD overtime, gap trains for the Atlantic Avenue subway service, and additional service on the LIRR, all of which the public will have to pay for. $2 billion doesn’t seem so far off.

  • And P.S. There are MetroPCS in every neighborhood in NYC. On the Upper East Side, in the West Village and around the corner from 50 million dollar apartments on the UWS. To suggest it’s sleazy because it’s next to Barclays shows how irrational you are about this project.

    And have some of you never been to an arena before? They all have corporate sponsors. Feels like this thread is made up of people who have never left their homes before.

    • That’s right – he’s pocketed $511 million to date (including $125 million taken from the MTA infrastructure fund that was to have been used to improve our transit system, but instead went to construct one subway entrance here); the benefits of the lower municipal bond interest continues to grow every day – the total amount will in fact be in excess of $2 billion if he completes the project because of the drawn-out timeline.

      And I wasn’t suggesting Merto PCS was sleazy because it’s next to (inside, actually) the arena – they are sleazy all on their own.

      However, now that the State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, has required the state to conduct a new Supplemental Environmental Impact Study, perhaps this entire project can be taken away from him and some new developers brought in to actually realize the promises Ratner made (all with his fingers crossed behind his back, as all he ever cared about was building his arena for his basketball team.

      We can only hope.

  • OMG a MetroPCS – holy $hit – everything everyone said is true – this is the end of Brooklyn!

  • NeoGrec

    It’s not too late — and it will never be too late — to make this project more accountable and more responsive to the community. So long as there are local citizens who believe in transparency and democracy. And, despite all the lazy, cynical comments below, there are many who still believe in the possibility of positive change.

    Where’s the traffic management plan? The sanitation plan? The crowd control and street safety plan? The affordable housing? The 12,000 jobs?

    Why are the sidewalks so dangerously narrow? The event tickets so expensive? The tax-payer subsidies so high? The footprint so dense (many more buildings are still to go up on the site bounded by th Ave, Dean St, Atlantic & Flatbush)?

  • megazoid

    Great! Finally people can fight for those season tickets which are more expensive than the NYC average income; go see bland mainstream musicians promoted by the same old media corporations; die of envy towards the lucky ones who made it to the Calvin Klein lounge (really? did I read that correctly on that photo?).

    Just had lunch with my colleagues who live in NJ – they are already planning to come to Brooklyn (for the first time!) to Barclays Center… Great to know that Brooklyn is becoming an alternative to suburban malls and overdone Broadway musicals! They got so excited when they found out there is a “Five Guys” close by. Stay classy Barclays Center!

  • MEGAZOID for the WIN!

    The most negative comment of the day – congratulations.
    Just to summarize

    You hate/dislike:
    All musicians that play in large arenas
    Season tickets
    Broadway musicals
    Lounges
    Calvin Klein
    People with expensive seats
    People from the suburbs
    Malls and
    Five Guys

    Stay happy!

  • megazoid

    bklynmind – I guess my comment did make a stronger statement than I intended. I don’t hate those things, I am mostly indifferent to them and I do occasionally consume them. I do believe the current Brooklyn cultural offering is much more intelligent and artistically superior to all things that Barclays Center brings. The indie music scene is eclectic and full of amazing talent. Add to it the great art scene, film-making, writing talent, book festivals, experimental theater, local food scene etc. and you get outstanding, sustainable local entertainment. I’d rather spend $200 on this than a 3-hour basketball game or a Jay-Z concert.

  • megazoid

    bklynmind – I guess my comment did make a stronger statement than I intended. I don’t hate those things, I am mostly indifferent to them and I do occasionally consume them. I do believe the current Brooklyn cultural offering is much more intelligent and artistically superior to all things that Barclays Center brings. The indie music scene is eclectic and full of amazing talent. Add to it the great art scene, film-making, writing talent, book festivals, experimental theater, local food scene etc. and you get outstanding, sustainable local entertainment. I’d rather spend $200 on this than a 3-hour basketball game or a Jay-Z concert.

  • Prospectperk,

    Get your own facts straight. Ellerbe and Shop collaborated on the stadium, and the above ground-portion of the station (ie what the entrance looks like)
    http://www.ellerbebecket.com/success/newsitem/475/Ellerbe_Becket_and_SHoP_Architects_to_Collaborate_on_Barclays_Center_at_Atlantic_Yards.html

    The below-grade portion of the new station entrance was designed by Stantec.

  • NeoGrec

    st-marks-arch: I used the new subway entrance this morning (after attending the counter-demonstartion). Don’t know if you admire Stantec or not, but I honestly didn’t notice anything in the undeground area that would qualify as “design.”

  • NeoGrec

    st-marks-arch: I used the new subway entrance this morning (after attending the counter-demonstartion). Don’t know if you admire Stantec or not, but I honestly didn’t notice anything in the undeground area that would qualify as “design.”

  • megazoid

    babs – yes! One of them showed me this Iphone app that lets you enter a date/time and location and it will provide you with a list of the cheapest parking rates, as well as offer some savings coupons you can scan at these places.

    My colleagues are actually really cool, I’m just busting their chops :) I’m glad they have finally decided to come to BK!

  • Calvin Klein VIP Entrance? Let the jokes commence!

  • dash

    Walked by the arena yesterday. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the design isn’t bad. But it is out scale for the spot it’s in, and it looks out of context. The signage, now that it’s up, is too large and bright. It kind of wrecks the whole rusty can effect. Plus, they’re putting signage (branding) on the roof, which opens up a whole new can of worms.

    I would rather the arena not be here. I’m no fan of sports, and I agree with megazoid’s opinion on the choice of acts that will be performing here. Besides, even if I did like the entertainment options, I couldn’t afford them.

    Basically, the point that the supporters seem to be missing over and over is that opposition stems from lack of oversight and favors given by our elected officials to their super rich buddies. It’s just wrong and not supposed to happen in a so-called democracy. All of us average people are supposed to follow the rules, but then the rules just don’t apply for the elites. The next time someone tries to convince you that a billionaire businessman will make a great mayor or president, remember the lessons of Atlantic Yards.

  • dash

    Walked by the arena yesterday. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the design isn’t bad. But it is out scale for the spot it’s in, and it looks out of context. The signage, now that it’s up, is too large and bright. It kind of wrecks the whole rusty can effect. Plus, they’re putting signage (branding) on the roof, which opens up a whole new can of worms.

    I would rather the arena not be here. I’m no fan of sports, and I agree with megazoid’s opinion on the choice of acts that will be performing here. Besides, even if I did like the entertainment options, I couldn’t afford them.

    Basically, the point that the supporters seem to be missing over and over is that opposition stems from lack of oversight and favors given by our elected officials to their super rich buddies. It’s just wrong and not supposed to happen in a so-called democracy. All of us average people are supposed to follow the rules, but then the rules just don’t apply for the elites. The next time someone tries to convince you that a billionaire businessman will make a great mayor or president, remember the lessons of Atlantic Yards.

  • Everything has its pros and cons. The Barclays Center is a wonderful addition.Very interested also in the development of the affordable housing units that were promised. Do you think its fair for longtime residents to be priced out of the neighborhood?

  • They should have continued the rusty overturned ship wreck on a desert island theme. Throw in a white whale or pirates hanging from the hull and call it quits.
    It is an lump of a building that will not be winning any architectural awards.
    It is too bad that the politicians, developers and professional sports club interests couldn’t give something back to Brooklyn. A gymnasium or swimming pool for the people, a performance space with free shows for the public. They could have provided some facilities for sports for the community, particularly children, not just professional athletes.
    But it was always about the money but there was an opportunity to have built an amazing world famous structure. Instead we have an embaressing eyesore