Barclays Center: What Does It Mean For 21st-Century Brooklyn?

While reporting on the ever-controversial Barclays Center across from Atlantic Terminal, is typically outside of Brooklyn Heights Blog’s purview, a lengthy essay in New York magazine is worth exploring, with its analysis of the impact of the arena on the future of the borough as a whole.

Barclays “is now part of the new Brooklyn reality. It is the centerpiece of how the borough, and the city, will be seen for generations to come,” writer Will Leitch surmises. “Imagine it is nothing less than the literal and symbolic centerpiece of a new, 21st-century Brooklyn, one as gleaming and modern as the shiny new structure itself.” Developer Bruce Ratner adds, “People will know this arena from Brooklyn, and people will know Brooklyn from this arena,” which he describes as “another leap forward” for the borough.

The story says: “Ratner & Co. believe Brooklyn as a whole is already well on its way to super-premium status and will never go back. They believe Ratner has built exactly the sort of architectural showpiece and modern sports-and-entertainment megaplex that newly gentrified Brooklynites want. They believe that the idea of Brooklyn itself—the Brooklyn brand, the actual word Brooklyn—has commercial power.”

On page 4 of the New York mag article is an odd observation: “Even in Brooklyn Heights, the borough’s most expensive neighborhood, no one fetishizes being ostentatious with one’s wealth; they’re all spending their money on the illusion of healthy food and preschool.” Uh, huh?

Read the entire piece here. You might want to pour a tall one first. Mighty long.

Flickr photo by AP

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  • Mr. Crusty

    Naysayer – Noun. 1)someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take

    The word is a perfect description of many on here that are against everything. I will continue to use it, if for no other reason than it annoys WillowStNeighbor

  • David on Middagh

    Mr. Crusty, will all due respect, I think you need a vacation from this blog.

  • Mr. Crusty

    And why is that David?

  • David on Middagh

    Your arguments have become ad hominem.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Stuart questions Hortense’s sanity. Resident called her Whoretense. And I said “Hortense, you make some good points but. . .” and then go on to explain why I disagree with her but somehow I am the one engaging in ad hominem arguments? Really David?

  • David on Middagh

    Mentioning another’s low rhetorical technique excuses your own?

  • hoppy

    @ Mr. Crusty

    You actually took my tongue-in-cheek comment seriously? Really??

    Truth be told, I was only half joking. I have no interest in seeing the Brooklynettes or any other NBA team (is there even a reason for watching the first 3 1/2 quarters of an NBA game?).

    As far as music, most of the artists that I listen to are either dead or disbanded, so I can’t foresee going to many concerts.

    I don’t oppose the arena, and I am actually pleased by the idea that it will provide enjoyment to millions as well as other economic benefits.

    However, in the absence of my true love, NHL hockey, the place for me, personally, individually, will be pretty useless.

  • Mr. Crusty

    Got it hoppy. As a die hard Ranger fan I do understand. Bu hey wh knows there might be one or two events that you may like. Disney on Ice perhaps?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Ok, David. I’ll try to be more like you in the future.