Arena’s First Five Months Relatively Problem-Free

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    Yesterday The New York Times took a look at the Barclays Center five months after opening and finds that overall it has not had the negative impact on the neighborhood that many had feared. According to the story, most visitors arrive and leave relatively quickly and many do use public transportation: the four subway stations in the area had an average of 6,400 more riders on event nights than on other nights. The Long Island Rail Road reports that 3,300 more riders arrive and depart through Atlantic Terminal on event nights than before the arena opened. Crime has also not been a problem though more than a million people have attended the 93 events there since it opened. The 78th Precinct registered six “felony episodes” that were connected to the arena and 36 misdemeanors. While the story does acknowledge issues with parking, illegally parked limos, noise complaints, the fine for exceeding noise limits and the trees soon to fall on Pacific Street, it finds that overall the arena has hardly been the harbinger of doom many predicted. What do you think? Is the arena a good neighbor?

    Smooth Debut for an Arena That Rocked Brooklyn [NY Times]
    Residents Unhappy With Tree Removal Near Barclays [Brownstoner]
    Barclays Center Fined for Noise Violations [Brownstoner]
    Bars Near Barclays Center Booming, Others Not So Much [Brownstoner]

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