The Barclays Center has generated an estimated $14 million in tax revenues in its first year, city officials told the Daily News, providing the first tally of the $1 billion arena's contribution to the city's offers.
The estimates, which come from the New York City Economic Development Corp., are based on data provided by Barclays Center developer Forest City Ratner.
Overall, the direct output from the 18,200 seat arena, which just celebrated its first year anniversary and in its first year became the country's No.1 concert venue, has been $145 million, the city told the News.
That number reflects spending done by visitors - non-New York City residents - both inside and outside the Barclays Center, on things like ticket sales, merchandise, concession purchases, restaurants and transportation.
These are dollars that would not been flowed into the local economy had the arena not been in operation, city officials said.
...The $14 million in tax revenues includes sales tax associated with purchases inside and outside the sports and entertainment complex, as well as income tax generated by Barclays Center employees and the Brooklyn Nets.
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…