Big news at the Barclays Center construction site: Workers are starting to install glassy sections of the arena’s facade. The Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects design (click through for renderings), is heavy on the steel, but it will also have a glass curtain wall entrance and a swoop of glass at its midsection.
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As of this weekend 4th Avenue between Atlantic and Flatbush was turned into a one-way, southbound road, and NY1 reports that switch has already snarled traffic: “The idea was to reduce traffic tie-ups, but residents said Monday that it’s making the problem worse.” The change follows Pacific Street between 4th Avenue and Flatbush being switched from a westbound to eastbound street. Both are part of the first round of traffic-pattern changes planned near the arena. According to the ESDC’s traffic mitigation plan, between now and next spring a bunch of new medians, median extensions and curb extensions are going to be built out on Atlantic Avenue between Carlton Avenue and South Oxford Street. The Carlton Avenue Bridge, meanwhile, isn’t scheduled to re-open until next summer.
Atlantic Yards Project Causes Traffic Woes [NY1]
Traffic Mitigation Presentation [PDF]
Some Atlantic Yards Traffic Changes in Place [Brownstoner]
Atlantic Yards Traffic Changes Coming Soon [Brownstoner]


A bunch of SHoP Architects-designed renderings of the inside of Barclays Center were just released. They show stuff like how the arena’s atrium by the main entrance is supposed to look (pictured above) as well as its main concourse and some of its bars. Atlantic Yards Report notes, however, that the images have been labeled “subject to change.” Click through for more of what’s on the drawing board.