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.
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Crowd before Islanders game snakes arena down plaza, blocking pedestrians, with no ushers or cops
A post on Atlantic Yards Watch, No crowd control for Islanders game, shows the scene on the Barclays Center plaza yesterday at 4:35 pm, nearly 90 minutes before the start of the New York Islanders game.
"Long line of ticket holders blocks pedestrian traffic across the plaza. No ushers or police in sight."
It shouldn't be that hard to manage that line better. But it does show how the arena plaza is a key safety valve for the operation of the building.
After the game, I walked by, and there was a notably large crowd down in the bowels of the subway waiting for a chance to buy MetroCards. I suspect that basketball fans are already habituated to the rather simple challenge of buying their MetroCards beforehand.