It was [teacher Teresa Genaro's] idea three years ago — when the school replaced midterms with two weeks of intensive, single-subject symposia — to have students study Barclays Center, as well as Ebbets Field, and the ways sports shaped Brooklyn, and by extension the world. With the assignment of producing a multimedia blog chronicling their discoveries, the students were playing the part of a junior Frank Deford and Jane Jacobs, scouring the neighborhoods, bleachers and news reports of the venues to create stories of their own about an ever-changing, ever-cheering borough.
That a group of ninth graders could spend more than a week scrutinizing Barclays Center with the same attention they would give to “The Scarlet Letter” or a science fair frog was another reminder of just how fixed the arena has become in the modern identity of Brooklyn — and how even at a young age, New Yorkers can feel conflicted about this or any development project.
Brett Yormark, the chief executive officer of Barclays Center, said its complicated history offered a lesson in perseverance. “If there’s one message I want kids to understand, it’s dreaming big and reaching as high up as you can,” he said in an interview, “and the Barclays Center embodies that.”Really? I think the bottom line is that the developers of a project like this will do whatever it takes to move it along. (Here's the unreliable Yormark, on audio.) Goldstein, not dissimilarly, thinks it's about crony capitalism.
Some discussion on Twitter
So students thought Daniel Goldstein "a little harsh"? What about Forest City's CEO? https://t.co/QVypAIkO1h @BklynBckstretch @MC_NYC— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 1, 2016
Kicker from student=resignation: "I don’t know if it’s any worse or any different” #MoreStudyNeeded @BklynBckstretch @MC_NYC @barclayscenter— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 1, 2016
Haven't seen their work. I'd say #AtlanticYards @barclayscenter has long learning curve. @BklynBckstretch @MC_NYC— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 1, 2016
@AYReport @MC_NYC @BklynBckstretch Only Yormark cld turn AY into a perseverance lesson. Mayor & gov have developer's back lesson is cronyism— Daniel E. Goldstein (@degoldstein) February 1, 2016
@AYReport @BklynBckstretch @degoldstein And I think it's clear they weren't at ease with Barclays either.— Matt Chaban (@MC_NYC) February 1, 2016
Not quite, but many #AtlanticYards supporters criminal / tainted. Add Silver & Sampson2 list https://t.co/u2WwsA5GAc https://t.co/JHiW9QBfgq— Norman Oder (@AYReport) February 1, 2016