In lieu [sic]of a report on the Garden’s longstanding active pursuit of celebrities to fill their front row for Knicks games, The Rumble called the Brooklyn Nets to ask their view on the celebrity scene at Barclays Center.
As with everything with these two rival franchises, it’s contrary.
“We don’t pursue celebrities to attend Nets games,’’ Barry Baum, the team’s chief communications officer at Barclays Center, told The Rumble. “It’s not our style. Celebrities that do come to Nets games pay for their seats. Whether you’re in the front row or last row, we treat everybody like a celebrity. We love when they come. But we won’t actively pursue them.’’
Baum said Chris Rock, Rihanna. Joe Girardi and David Beckham have been to Brooklyn games this season, and Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Strahan last year.
“We’re flattered celebrities wear our merchandise,’’ Baum said.
Pacific Park Brooklyn is seriously delayed, Forest City Realty Trust said yesterday in a news release, which further acknowledged that the project has caused a $300 million impairment, or write-down of the asset, as the expected revenues no longer exceed the carrying cost.
The Cleveland-based developer, parent of Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner, which is a 30% investor in Pacific Park along with 70% partner/overseer Greenland USA, blamed the "significant impairment" on an oversupply of market-rate apartments, the uncertain fate of the 421-a tax break, and a continued increase in construction costs.
While the delay essentially confirms the obvious, given that two major buildings have not launched despite plans to do so, it raises significant questions about the future of the project, including:
if market-rate construction is delayed, will the affordable h…