For a lifelong Brooklyn resident like Markowitz, the arrival of the borough's first major league sports team since the Brooklyn Dodgers is cause for lengthy celebration. "It will bring us respect that's overdue," he says. "It puts Brooklyn on the national map and gives us a sense of pride. It will bring people together in that way that music and religion and family and sports can -- really bring us together in a common goal to cheer for the team."Really, hasn't it been a while since Brooklyn was the butt of jokes? Hasn't he heard of tres Brooklyn?
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.