"Brooklyn certainly deserves the best of entertainment there is to offer,'' [Bruce Ratner] said.(Emphasis added)
Ratner remembers when Brooklyn had it, when the beloved Dodgers played at Ebbets Field and top musicians performed at the Paramount. He believes the Barclays Center will bring back what's been missing.
"Sports and entertainment are such a part of our lives in this country. People who say, 'Well, it's just an arena,' they're really not right,'' Ratner said. "It's a physical structure. More than that, it's a part of ourselves, it's part of what entertainment is and everyone loves entertainment.''
Which is, why, of course, that the project was sold as "Jobs, Housing, and Hoops," with the added layer of starchitect Frank Gehry.
Does Ratner really remember the "beloved Dodgers" in Brooklyn? He was a 12-year-old Clevelander in 1957, when the team left for Los Angeles.