Brooklyn could be the location for the next Democratic National Convention, in 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted an official bid to hold it at Barclays Center, the Times reported.

New York was one of 15 cities asked to submit bids to host the convention, including Phoenix, Miami, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. A shift from Madison Square Garden, where Bill Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination in 1992, to Barclays “would be freighted with symbolism,” said the Times.


Tattoo artist Chris Torres, of reality show NY Ink fame, opened his own tattoo shop last week at 229 Flatbush Avenue between Bergen and Dean streets in Prospect Heights. The shop, Red Legged Devils Studio, is a block from the Barclays Center and next to the vacant Bergen Tile Building.

The 37-year-old Midwood native will head a group of eight artists and expects a steady flow of foot traffic from the Barclays Center and the shopping areas on Atlantic Avenue. He told Brooklyn Paper that the studio, named after Brooklyn’s volunteer milita regiment during the Civil War, will be the largest tattoo parlor in Brooklyn.

Torres appeared on NY Ink while working under tattooer Ami James at the well-known Wooster Street Social Club in Soho. GMAP

Photo by Red Legged Devils Studio


Developer Read Property is planning a massive large eight-story apartment building just a block from the Barclays Center at 670 Pacific Street, according to a plan exam filed last week. The development will have 86 units and  61,058 square feet of residential space. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is designing the building.

Planned amenities include a roof deck, storage for 43 bicycles, valet parking, recreation space and 65 underground parking spaces. Read is combining three properties at 670, 674 and 678 Pacific, but no sale has hit public records yet. And the DOB has not yet approved demolition permits for 670 and 674 Pacific, both of which are low-rise factory buildings. 678 is vacant.

If Read Property sounds familiar, it’s because they’re planning to build 10 eight-story buildings on the former Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick.


Men’s fashion magazine GQ is partnering with the local Fellow Barber chain to open a barbershop at Barclays Center this Friday. The 400-square-foot spot, pictured above, will offer cuts, shaves and GQ-sponsored products during sporting events and concerts. Prices range from $10 for a “cleanup” to $40 for a haircut or shave, and $75 for a shave and cut.

The Conde Nast-owned publication sees the shop as an opportunity to reach “nearly 18,000 fans nightly,” according to a press release. The retro-styled Fellow Barber has locations in Soho, the West Village, Williamsburg and San Francisco.

Opening during the Nets-Heat game this Friday, the shop will remain on the venue’s main hall through the end of this year. To commemorate its launch, Nets player Deron Williams and boxer Luis Collazo will get the first haircuts on Friday. GMAP

Photo by Philip Montgomery


We took a tour around Forest City Ratner’s fascinating modular apartment factory at the Navy Yard yesterday, where reps from FCRC said they’ll begin shipping out the fully constructed units next week. They’ll stack the units to create the first Atlantic Yards residential tower, the 32-story building under construction next to the Barclays Center that is known as B2. When work finishes next year, the 363-unit tower will be the tallest modular building in the world.

Currently, Forest City expects construction to wrap by December 2014 — a faster pace than normal construction, which would take at least another 18 to 20 months. They also estimate that building modular units will be 10 percent cheaper than typical residential construction, but they hope it will become even less expensive and more efficient as they build more developments in the Atlantic Yards project. The tower will be a 50-50 mix of market rate and affordable housing, of which 20 percent will be low-income housing.

Architects SHoP and Forest City Ratner collaborated on the design and building process for the apartments. Each nut and bolt piece of the apartment is installed before it leaves the Navy Yard facility, including the electrical wiring and plumbing, hardwood floors, appliances, and even the towel bars. The hallways and stairwells are being built at the modular factory as well. Rooms in the apartment are often assembled as separate modules, e.g. bathrooms, bedrooms, and living room/kitchen could all be separate pieces. The variety of shapes allows for 25 different layouts.

After the unit is stacked in the building, contractors and electricians will connect each apartment’s utilities to the building’s common lines. The exterior sides of the apartments have the facade already attached (see pictures after the jump), and the facade will be “self-sealing” because the pieces fit together with seals between each unit.

Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]


There’s finally some action at the long-vacant Bergen Tile Building at Flatbush and Dean Street in Prospect Heights, where the developer PRD Realty filed a demolition application last week. Development plans have been in the works for a while at 215 Flatbush, a prime spot located right across the street from the Barclays Center. Ripco Real Estate has been marketing the site for three months and recently posted this flyer with renderings and details on the planned mixed-use development. The most recent new building application — filed and disapproved in February 2012 — is for a six-story building with 53 rental apartments and 9,875 square feet of ground floor retail space. The 55,000-square-foot building would be required to have 26 parking spaces by law. However, Martin Domansky of PRD told us last year that he was taking his case to the Board of Standards and Appeals because PRD couldn’t possibly construct that number of spaces.

See more renderings of the site after the jump!

215 Flatbush Avenue Listing [Ripco Real Estate] GMAP
New Building Will Replace Bergen Tile Near Arena [Brownstoner]
Bergen Tile Developer Seeks Zoning, Parking Variances [Brownstoner]


We’ve tried to pull together all the coverage from media outlets that pertains to the release of last night’s traffic plan for the Barclays Center, as can be seen in the links below. Here are the main points, as we understand them:
1. “You’ll want to think twice, or maybe even a third time, before deciding to drive to Barclays Arena when it opens on September 28. The parking plan for Barclays is being cut from 1,000 to 541 spots”. -WNYC
2. “The conundrum that Samuel I. Schwartz, the traffic engineering expert, faced was this: How could the already jam-packed streets in the heart of Brooklyn accommodate thousands of extra cars filled with fans traveling to a basketball arena and desperately searching for parking? His answer, revealed on Tuesday to a panel of Brooklyn officials with all the flourish and detail of a general planning to storm the beaches of Normandy, was to discourage driving entirely, by cutting the number of parking spaces at the Barclays Center in half.” -NY Times
3. “While the MTA and LIRR will add transit service after Barclays Center events to encourage use of the adjacent transit hub, and arena operators are trying hard to educated and encourrage event-goers to use such transit, the long-delayed Transportation Demand Management plan released today by developer Forest City Ratner still left arena neighbors worried.” -AY Report
4. “Those residents learned that the city won’t be granting their request for residential parking permits any time soon. The New York City Department of Transportation’s Christopher Hrones said his agency is still studying the issue…He added that even if the city were to approve a parking permit program, it would need permission from the state, and that takes time.” – Transportation Nation

And there you have it: Public transportation will be promoted, there will be far fewer parking spaces than initially anticipated, and no residential parking permits anytime soon.
Traffic Plan for a Brooklyn Arena Cuts Parking Slots by Half [NY Times]
Live Blogging: Barclays Center Traffic Mitigation Plan Public Meeting [Patch]
Barclays Fouls Out on Plan to Provide MetroCards [NY Post]
In Plan For Barclays Center, Parking Slashed By Half [WNYC]
Arena Transportation Plan Released [AY Report]
Meeting on TDM Plan is Cordial, Constructive, and Frustrating [AY Report]


A reader sent in the photo above, as well as the following note: “I noticed this on my commute in this morning — It looks as if some of the new “Barclays Center” signs are up and uncovered — at least at the far end of the Q/B platform at Atlantic Avenue (or I guess I should say Atlantic Ave / Barclays Center). It looks as if the signs are up for the length of the platform, but the rest are covered.”