On Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Forest City Ratner Cos. Chairman/CEO Bruce Ratner to rally around the 2,000 jobs they insist will be created by the fall opening of Downtown Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Markowitz said, “Bringing the Nets to Brooklyn means more than exciting in-your-face basketball with a Brooklyn attitude: It will create 2,000 sorely needed full- and part-time opportunities for jobseekers, with priority placement for Brooklynites in the neighborhoods and NYCHA housing surrounding Barclays Center.”
Scheduled to open September 28, the Barclays sports and entertainment venue across from Atlantic Terminal will offer 18,200 seats for basketball and 19,000 seats for concerts. It also boasts 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs and a restaurant.
Pictured from left: Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh, Markowitz, (a typically grim) Bloomberg, NYC Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea and Ratner.