Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Resorts World NYC Casino Plaza: public amenity or fan gathering space?

Oh, remember that one justification for moving the bulk of the unbuilt B1 tower across Flatbush Avenue to build what I've dubbed the "Brooklyn Behemoth," according to Forest City Ratner executive Ashley Cotton, is that "a key thing we think we can accomplish with this is keeping the plaza permanent open space."

That positions it as a public amenity, rather than a branded business deal, since the official name is the Resorts World NYC Casino Plaza.

It's also a key safety valve for arena attendees. In fact, as WPIX-11 (a partner with the Barclays Center, remember) reported yesterday, in Islanders fans swarm Barclays Center for playoff festivities, it was the scene for a modified tailgate: attendees "were greeted by live bands, team gear and a chance to hang out with some hockey legends."

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