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Arena gets belated TCO, two weeks before opening; work on retail stores remains; exterior photos show progress

Grass installed near bike parking at Sixth Ave. & Dean St.
On Friday, Sept. 14, the Barclays Center finally got a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO), from the NYC Department of Buildings, nine days after it had been promised for months, and more than a month after it was once expected.

That gives the arena developers exactly two weeks to get the building in shape for the first public event, the Jay-Z concert on Sept. 28. And that explains why there are double shifts and weekend work (and the Culture of Cheating).

As I wrote 9/6/12, the once-planned "public events and tours" to "welcome and introduce the Brooklyn community to its new building" seem to be off the table. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday, Sept. 21, and an event for season-ticket holders on Monday, Sept. 24.

Not everything will be ready. The document refers to "entire building except 1st floor retail," which seems to suggest that not all the retail outlets are ready to open. Indeed, work on the Rocawear store, for example, began only on Sept. 12, while work on the MetroPCS store began on July 20.

There are 67 outstanding requirements to obtain a full Certificate of Occupancy. The TCO can be renewed after it expires in two months.

Photos from yesterday

The oculus is tested

Branding the main entrance

A slate wall along Atlantic Avenue
The new subway entrance opens today

The first page of the TCO