D-Day is finally upon us. We’ve been hearing for years about the benefits and burdens that the Barclays Center would impose on Brooklyn. And, tonight, we will see who was right all along. We’re hopeful that the good will outweigh the bad, because if the nay-sayers predictions transpire, we’re all doomed. We still have to live here.
Today’s biggest worry: TRAFFIC. Will Jay-Z’s opening night performance result in even more gridlock at the notoriously painful Atlantic Ave/Flatbush Ave intersection? That remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely that things will go off without a hitch.
Even still, police and soldiers (really!) are maintaining a presence just in case. A few protesters, angry over what the opening of the Barclays Center means for the Brooklyn vibe, came out today to show their lack of support.
And just what will the Barclays Center do for or the Nabe? Jobs? Maybe. Hooters? Maybe. But concerns over the rumored Hooters and like establishments probably stem less from outrage over big-breasted waitresses glistening with sweat and hot sauce and more from the worry that Brooklyn is just becoming another Manhattan. Or worse.
Either way, this train has left the station, and we’re all on board whether we like it or not.
2012, New York