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Barclays Center offering free afternoon concerts at (not always public) Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza

BARCLAYS CENTER TO HOST FIRST-EVER SUMMER SESSIONS CONCERT SERIES ON VENUE’S PLAZA, the arena announced in a 6/12/19 press release.

The Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza will host six free concerts from 4 to 7 pm on Thursdays and Friday. The Summer Sessions events will be free, starting with a DJ set before a featured artist. A series of rotating food trucks will offer food and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.
  • FR, June 21: Donwill / Nappy Nina
  • FR, July 12: Niara Sterling/Andy Suzuki & The Method
  • TH, July 25: DJ GETLIVE!/Meridian Lights
  • FR, Aug. 2: MICK/TBA
  • FR, Aug. 16: Luna Rósa/Lohai
  • TH, Aug. 29 4-7PM TBA/TBA
TBA = featured artists to be announced at a later date.

About that plaza

Note that the plaza is an often publicly accessible place but not quite a public place; I wrote in May that security guards ejected my small tour group, and arena operators regularly use the plaza to hawk event-related merchandise. And, of course, it has a naming rights partner.

"We're very excited about the programming opportunities for this space," said MaryAnne Gilmartin of arena developer Forest City Ratner said at a September 2010 public meeting. "We're looking at the possibility of a farmer's market, movie nights, and other events and festivities."

There haven't been that many "programming opportunities" aimed at the general public, but the Barclays Center, with Forest City then 55% owner of the arena operating company, did from July 2013 through Thanksgiving that year host a Wednesday greenmarket on the then "Daily News Plaza."

That operating company is now 100% owned by Mikhail Prokhorov's BSE Global.

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