Nor was that a depot, in the common definition: a "building for railroad or bus passengers or freight."
The cheerleading piece is by real estate correspondent Jason Sheftell, known for real estate hype. At least the author doesn't call it Downtown Brooklyn:
Even in midconstruction, there are moments touring the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights when you can’t help but feel extreme joyNote that Ratner continues to call the arena "the first truly 21st-century building in New York City," which surely he'd have said about the Frank Gehry-designed Beekman Tower.
...It’s not just that pro sports are back in the borough for the first time since 1957; it’s the arena’s shape, design, intent, location, housing, public space and stubborn persistence it took to get this here.