Voice Letters: Readers Chime In on Barclays Center
Only a Matter of Time
This was always destined for failure ["Three Years in, Barclays Center Is More or Less an Epic Train Wreck," Voice, Jan. 13]. No one in the neighborhood wanted it. How many businesses had to close down to create such an epic waste of money? I hope those bastards lose billions and they end up using it for parking.
— Helen Muse, via Facebook
I worked on the environmental impact statement for this project. It's astonishing how development projects happen in this city and the collusion that occurs. Same goes for Yankee Stadium, Willets Point, WTC, etc.
— Sue Mary, via Facebook
Fix It Already
No surprise, based on my experience at a Nets game recently. Zero crowd control/measures to efficiently get people in the door (took us at least thirty minutes), and then the ticket prices are obviously too high because the rafters are full and there are gaping holes in the sections farther down. Such obvious and easily remedied mismanagement.
— Jacqui Moore, via Facebook
You Can Always Go Home?
At least the option exists for the Islanders to return to Nassau Coliseum after it reopens, since the Barclays Center people have the rights to both the Islanders and the Coliseum now.
— Ian Isanberg, via Facebook
Call 'Em Like You See 'Em
You call the Nets a "historically awful NBA franchise," which is something a Knicks fan (no titles since 1973) would say.
— Joseph Bornstein, via Facebook
Obstructed-view seating for Islanders games.... Who thought up the blueprints for that? Move the Islanders back to Long Island where they belong!
— Christopher Noreen, via Facebook
Train wreck — and likely the ugliest building ever built.
— Drew Marks, via Facebook
In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
The UX in this place is poor...hard to get around...next to no concessions on the top level...kinda reminds me of the Death Star on the inside!
— Mark van Aken, via Facebook
The upper level is way too steep. Awful for concerts.
— John J Geelan, via Facebook
Just You Wait...
Everyone will whine till the Nets bring in a winner...then B Center will be everyone's favorite spot!
— Mjb Fresh, via Facebook
Where's the Intimacy?
For boxing, you have metal girders blocking the ring when you are viewing from high above. The place is too big and impersonal.
— Billy Tompkins, via Facebook
Go Greener, Please
A hideous building — completely cut off from the neighborhood. Does America ever learn? Tear the fucking thing down and build a sustainable neighborhood instead.
— Bob Wittock
Well-Connected Real Estate Juggernaut
The arena was built as a loss leader, as an excuse for the residential development at Atlantic Yards. Bruce Ratner was too well connected not to do whatever he wants in Brooklyn with subsidies from the city and state. MetroTech, Pierrepont Plaza, Atlantic Mall, Atlantic Center, Atlantic Yards. Whatever built space that remains vacant gets rented by him to city and state agencies (FDNY at MetroTech; NYSDMV at Atlantic Mall). Forest City Ratner gets Brooklyn, Related Properties gets Manhattan, and absolutely nobody can stop any of their plans or projects.
— Glenn Krasner, via Facebook
[Barclays Center] is maybe the best place I've been to see a basketball game and light-years ahead of MSG.
— Jason Lloyd Miller, via Facebook
For the Islanders this is a godsend. They are profitable and don't have to worry about anything other than playing hockey.
— Yan Perepletchikov, via Facebook
More Money, Fewer Problems?
I think it'll eventually turn around. Luckily, the owner has BILLIONS of dollars. If he can absorb the losses now, he'll eventually see benefits down the road.
— Freddie DeJesus, via Facebook
Let's Look at the Big Picture
"Garish arena"? As a neighborhood resident I will disagree with that, as I like the design and the green roof. The arena is the only good thing about the entire project. We knew the housing part was going to be a boondoggle. Residents are glad for the slow rate of change, thanks in part to a local hero — who I will not name — who refused to allow Hooters to downgrade our area. The same for the Triangle location. I would rather wait and get the right tenant than put another Dunkin' Donuts in.
— Brendan Glynn, via Facebook
Michael Feingold is back at the Village Voice, and (almost) all is right with the world ["My Second Fifteen Minutes: Presenting the Glorious Return of Michael Feingold," Voice, Jan. 13]! Michael's theatrical observations transcend "criticism." He invests his years of theatrical experience into his writing — and is uniquely suited to reference legendary performances of the latter half of the twentieth century (and beyond) since, chances are, he was there! To read just one of his essays is to realize one can believe what this man has to say — since, indubitably, he knows of what he speaks. Welcome back, Michael!
— Gregory Moore, via Facebook
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