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"Back in 2002 we had heard that Barclays Center would be coming to Brooklyn" (yes, it's plausible)

From the Business of Home yesterday, How Goldman Sachs convinced this New Jersey designer to change her firm’s name. an interview with Greenbrook, NJ–based Kesha Franklin of Halden Interiors.
When did you know that you wanted to be a designer? 
I actually didn’t know for the longest time—this was something that I fell into, or that found me, I should say. My husband is in the entertainment industry, so back in 2002 we had heard that Barclays Center would be coming to Brooklyn. The following year, there was a four-story building [near the Barclays site] that was vacant; we reached out to friends of ours and [decided to] partner on putting a bar-lounge and restaurant there. I have a background in corporate event production, so I knew that I could fill it and run it. But the part that we didn’t really think about was how to actually build it and get it to open.

Doing that venture is how I got exposed to interior design without even realizing it...
(Emphasis added)

Yes, it's possible

Wait--was it possible someone could know in 2002 "that Barclays Center would be coming to Brooklyn"?

Well, not exactly, because the British bank didn't buy naming rights until January 2007.

Was it possible to know in 2002 that an arena would be coming to Brooklyn?

Sure. The plans were hatched in the first half of 2002, though the official project announcement didn't come until December 2003.

And Franklin's husband DJ Clark Kent is prominent enough in the entertainment industry to have been connected to the Atlantic Yards plan.

He's not just a DJ but a record producer, and a mentor to and producer of Jay-Z, who was recruited to be a fractional owner of the Nets and a public frontman for the project. DJ Clark Kent appeared in at least two episodes of the Road to Brooklyn mini-series about the Nets' move, broadcast on Jay-Z's web channel.

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