New arena will enhance downtown Brooklyn

The new Barclays Center, developed by Forest City Ratner Companies, will open on Sept. 28 and be home to the professional basketball team, the Brooklyn Nets, and will serve as a world-class venue to feature international talents in the heart of Brooklyn.

The Real Estate Board of New York commends Bruce Ratner and his organization for bringing this new, 675,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment center to Brooklyn which will serve as a transformation element to enhance the downtown Brooklyn area. It is the first new major arena in NYC since 1968 and the first professional sports team in the borough since the Brooklyn Dodgers left in 1957 for Los Angeles.

Barclays Center offers 18,200 seats for basketball games, up to 19,000 seats for concerts and will have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs and a restaurant. It was designed by award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects and has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multipurpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities.

Music and sports enthusiasts can travel to Barclays Center by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and 11 bus lines. Great location and easy accessibility will help the Barclays Center become a magnet for people.

Rapper Jay-Z, who is also part owner of the Nets, will perform opening night Sept. 28 with the first of his multiple concerts at the new venue. The Brooklyn Nets will begin their inaugural season on November 1 at home against their interborough rivals, the New York Knicks. In its first year, Barclays Center will host more than 200 other events including shows featuring international artists such as Brooklyn-native Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Bieber and The Who, as well as basketball tournaments, a circus, ice and equestrian shows.   

Much-needed jobs were generated for the Barclays Center’s construction and it will have a staff of 2,000 people. Barclays Center is part of a larger project Forest City Ratner Companies’ Atlantic Yards, a giant 22-acre complex near downtown Brooklyn that will include 8 million square feet of apartments, offices and stores.

The Barclays Center is sure to attract thousands of music and sports enthusiasts and help enhance the downtown Brooklyn area.  REBNY encourages you to check it out!

In other REBNY News:

Get your nominations in for REBNY’s Residential Division “Deal of the Year Awards.” The deadline is Friday Sept. 14, 2012. Review your re-sales, new development sales and rental transactions that have closed or will close between Sept. 16, 2011 and Sept. 14, 2012 for the Deal of the Year Contest and submit nominations for Most Promising Residential Rookie Salesperson of the Year. The winners will be announced at the Residential Deal of the Year Awards and Gala on Thurs. Oct. 25, 2012 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For more information, contact

Tennis players are wanted for the 25th Annual Pro-Am Tennis Tournament “A Day with the Champions” on Thurs. Sept. 6, 2012 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Sportime on Randall’s Island. Registration is required. Contact Cindy Ramotar for more information.

It’s your last chance to donate with your feet. New and gently worn women and men’s business shoes are needed.  REBNY has partnered with Dress for Success & Career Gear for the Annual Summer Donation Drive going on now until Aug. 24, 2012. If your shoe donations are appropriate to wear to work and you would be comfortable wearing them to an interview, we’ll take them. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. Firms are welcomed to collect from their own offices to participate.

Shoes can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 3 pm and Friday, 11 am to 2 pm at the REBNY reception area, 570 Lexington Ave at 51st Street, on the second floor.

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