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Did New Jersey Really Lose Out When the Nets Left Town?

Friday, February 13, 2015

It's been more than two years since the New Jersey Nets crossed the river(s) and became the Brooklyn Nets. A look back at what they left behind in downtown Newark.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democratic National Convention: Brooklyn, 2016?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Members of the Democratic National Committee are scoping out the Barclay's Center as a possible host for the DNC's convention in 2016. Mayor de Blasio, Senator Schumer and the Clintons are all in favor of the idea. Are you? Call in with thoughts on the pros and cons of Brooklyn hosting the convention. 

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WNYC News

City Sells BK to DNC for 2016

Monday, August 11, 2014

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As the Democratic National Committee weighs NYC's 2016 convention bid, local leaders say Brooklyn is ready for its close-up.

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WNYC News

The Nets Aren't Winning, But Their Stadium Sure Rocks

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Barclays Center is home not only to the Brooklyn Nets, but to some of the most advanced technology to come to a stadium or arena. Many older sports venues in and around New York have struggled to keep up with the latest advances in digital and social media. When it comes to Barclays, there's an app for that.

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WNYC News

Barclays Developer Gains a Foothold on Long Island with Nassau Coliseum Project

Friday, August 16, 2013

A major developer is taking the reigns at Nassau Coliseum.

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Soundcheck

Lions and Tigers and Unicyclists, Oh My!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center this week. With it comes tigers, clowns, death-defying acrobatics -- and quite a bit of music. The composer Michael Picton crafted the score for the current tour, called "Built To Amaze." He joins us to talk about the challenges of soundtracking a basketball game played on unicycles and the all-important entrance of the elephants.

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WQXR Blog

Itzhak Perlman Brings Borough Park to Barclays Center

Friday, March 01, 2013

Thursday night at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, a couple dozen men in dark suits were seen praying in a corridor near the food court. These weren’t Brooklyn Nets fans.

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WNYC News

Text: Bloomberg's Final State of the City Address

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The following is the text of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 2013 State of the City address as prepared for delivery at Barclays Center.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brooklyn’s Secret African-American Basketball History

Friday, February 08, 2013

This live interview with Claude Johnson originally aired on February 8, 2013. An edited version was aired on July 5, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

When you think "black pioneering athlete" and "Brooklyn" you likely think Jackie Robinson. But Brooklyn played a role in integrating basketball too. Claude Johnson amateur historian researching the "Black Fives" teams -- to be honored at a ceremony Sunday at the Barclays Center -- discusses the early history of basketball in the area.

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Transportation Nation

Basketball Arena Spurs LIRR Ridership Spike

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Barclays Center (photo by Kate Hinds)

The Brooklyn Nets may have been humbled by the Miami Heat Wednesday night, but their transit stop has never been better.

The NY MTA says Long Island Railroad ridership surged 334 percent since the Barclay's Center arena opened last fall, with an average of 3300 suburbanites taking the commuter rail to the arena each event night.

The night the Nets hosted the Knicks, 4852 riders arrived by LIRR, and 5377 riders departed, a record.

The arena was built with the highest ratio of seats to parking spaces in the country (about 19,000 seats, 500 spaces) in part to encourage transit usage (nine subway lines go directly to Barclays Center, 2 more nearby, plus the LIRR).

Other data compiled by TN of subway ridership also confirms game night surges.

Neighborhood groups predicted the arena would cause car traffic snarls, and a high demand for on-street parking, but so far, traffic on game nights hasn't met those predictions.

However, the arena's developers, Forest City Ratner, have yet to construct more than a dozen high-rises above and near the arena, slated to created the densest census track in the nation.

 

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WQXR Blog

Itzhak Perlman to Take Center Court at Barclays Center

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The violinist Itzhak Perlman will give a concert with Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, the cantor from the Park East Synagogue in the Barclay's Center next month.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Barclays Center Architects

Monday, December 24, 2012

The new Nets arena in Brooklyn is drawing a range of reviews. Architects Gregg Pasquarelli and Chris Sharples of SHoP discuss their design of the Barclays Center and how it fared on its first weekend open for business.

→ Barclay's Review Roundup: Alexandra Lange (The New Yorker) | Justin Davidson (New York) | Liz Robbins (NYTimes) | James Russell (Bloomberg) | Larger Atlantic Yards Context (Atlantic Cities)

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WNYC News

Rivalry Begins as the Nets Defeat the Knicks in Overtime

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Brooklyn Nets had to go into overtime Monday night to beat the Knicks 96-89. The game, before a packed crowd of nearly 18,000, marked the start of the city’s newest cross-town rivalry.

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WNYC News

The Rivalry Begins: The NY Knicks Face-Off Against the Brooklyn Nets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Brooklyn’s newest hometown team, the Nets, will host the city’s storied New York Knicks at their new home in the Barclays Center Monday night.

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WNYC News

Sandy Derails Nets Season Opener

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It was expected to be the match to launch the rivalry. The NY Knicks vs. The Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center Thursday night. Instead, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged that the game be delayed, and the NBA agreed.

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WNYC News

New York Islanders Will Move to Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The New York Islanders are moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team's owner announced Wednesday that the Islanders signed a 25-year deal to play at the new arena starting in 2015. 

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WNYC News

Nets Win First Game at Barclays Center

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Nets won their first game in the team's new $1 billion Brooklyn home against the Washington Wizards on Monday night. 

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Transportation Nation

Barclays Center Subway Stop: Mornings, It's Totally Dead

Friday, October 12, 2012

When the NY MTA agreed to sell the Atlantic Yards to Forest City Ratner to build the Barclays Arena and some 17 other buildings, the authority's board waxed enthusiastic about how the city was getting a new subway entrance out of the deal.

Barclays Center Subway Stop, 7 am Photo: Maya Bernstein

But so far, in the mornings, it's totally dead.

Pretty much every morning since the stop's been opened, for about three weeks -- and we've checked --  it looks like this. Seven am, 8 am, no one. A sort of strange, post-Apocalypse feel.

Barclays Center Subway Stop, 7 am Photo: Maya Bernstein

As we've been reporting, lots of fans are going to events at the arena by transit.  The 18,000-seat arena has just 541 car spots on site, about 150 of those for season or VIP ticket-holders.   Even last night, when Brooklyn-born Barbra Steisand performed, and drew a heavy crowd from the suburbs, people took the train.

Barclays Center Subway Pre-Barbra Photo: Andrea Bernstein

The subway stop is set in a vast, uninviting plaza, with not much there to entice a morning subway rider, like newsstands or coffee-shops.

However, once you do cross Flatbush Avenue from Park Slope to get there, it is by far the cleanest and easiest way to enter the subway stop. Working escalators. Plenty of turnstiles. Tidy, well-lit hallways that don't smell (yet). And the shortest, least confusing ascent (or descent, in the case of the B-Q), from any entrance.

Word from transit officials:  "Use It!"

Ratner, BTW, paid $76 million for the new subway entrance.  But the whole deal with Ratner was heavily criticized at the time as a sweetheart deal for the developer, which was allowed to work with the MTA over a period of years to develop a bid to obtain the railyards for its arena.

Ratner offered $100 million less for the Yards than the rival developer -- but the MTA board argued that building a new subway entrance would in part compensate.

After much pressure, the MTA opened the bidding process for the rail yards to other developers, but then rejected the one other bid it got because it wasn't as detailed as Ratner's bid.

 

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Transportation Nation

For Barbra, I'll Take the Subway -- Brooklyn's Barclays Center Passes Second Traffic Test

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What do Jay-Z fans and Barbara Streisand fans have in common? They both take mass transit.

Long orderly lines of flamboyant ladies in finery stretched from subway steps to the flickering marquis of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center arena for Thursday night's Barbra Streisand concert.

"I am in Brooklyn which is where I was born.  I haven't been here since I was born. I'm about 120 years old," gushed Laura Slutzky of Manhattan, which she insisted on referring to only as New York City. "This is fabulous here. I took the subway, used my Metrocard for two-dollars and 25 cents. I was going to take a limo for $4,550 but this was much easier... I love Brooklyn, I love the whole thing."

The 18,000 seat arena with just 541 on-site parking spaces has raised hackles and hellfire predictions of clogged streets and desperate fans circling the nearby residential neighborhoods for parking, blocking traffic and usurping local car owners; curb space.

Twenty minutes before showtime the shuttle bus bringing concert-goers from remote lots was mostly empty. The attendant said people were using the lots, but they weren't full.

A small army of police and citizen "pedestrian traffic managers" played crossing guard to usher the throngs of walkers safely through the always busy intersection at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Cars and limos that tried to stop to drop off fans, usually in groups, were forced to drive to pre-determined drop off locations that wouldn't block traffic. This operation was in force for the first set of concerts as well.

After the eight Jay-Z shows failed to cause vehicular mayhem, rendering all but irrelevant the "gridlock alert" that preceded opening night, many still feared the pedestrian calm was a fluke, that it was something about Jay-Z fans that predisposed them to use the 11 subway lines, 11 bus lines, the Long Island Rail Road or walk.

In fact it seems that at least 1/3 of fans on opening night got out at the subway station right below the arena, according to our analysis of turnstile data.

The data isn't in yet on the Streisand fans, but after chatting with a few of gaggles of giddy women of a certain age in front of the gates, it was clear, Barbra, as fans know her, draws a crowd from far beyond Brooklyn. And rather than drawing them by their usual mode of automobile, these groups behaved like the Brooklynites. When in Rome ...

Robin Schrieber and her friend took an hour-long train ride on Long Island Rail Road, which stops right next to the arena. "We had to change at Jamaica...We had to walk up and over at Jamaica which we didn't love, but it took us right here."

The LIRR arriving at 7:18 at Atlantic Terminal might as well have been called the Babs Express.

"Everybody was going to the Barbra concert," Schreiber said. "People we knew, people we didn't know, everybody was talking to each other. No one knew where they were going, it was like 'Are you going to Barbra?' 'Where do we get on?' 'Where do we get off?' We all just kind of went en masse together."

 

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The Top Five Performances We'd Want to See at the Barclays Center

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

With New York’s newest venue opening its doors this past week, raves and critiques about the Barclays Center are streaming in. What would you want to see there?

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