Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jay-Z's Speech @ The Barclays Center/Atlantic Yards Groundbreaking Ceremony March 11, 2010 = "Brooklyn, We Did It!"

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: After numerous setbacks and court ordered injunctions, today marked the official groundbreaking ceremony for Brooklyn's very own arena - The Barclays Center @ The Atlantic Yards.

Designed by the team of Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects (NOTE: The original concept was designed by star-chitect Frank Gehry) and scheduled to open for business come Fall 2012, The Barclays Center will finally give the NBA's Nets a $1 billion new crib and give the borough of Brooklyn our 1st professional sports team since the beloved Dodgers ditched Ebbets Field for the West Coast sun and fun waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1957.

Although real-estate mogul/developer Bruce Ratner is the true might behind this project and O.G. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Al Sharpton were in attendance for this gala, for all Livestyle intents and purposes, minority owner Jay-Z (NOTE: That's riiiiiiiiiiight! Contrary to what Y.O.U. may hear in your local barbershop, Shawn Corey Carter enjoys only a sliver of this cherry pie ... not that that is anything to scoff @ ... lol) is the only speech from this afternoon's press conference that we give 2 fucks about. True story. I mean, what's the use of buying a $540,000 a year luxury box suite if there's A) No games, concerts or whatever to watch from your pricey perch and B) No Lebron James playing for your hometeam which Y.O.U. just so happen to own a stake in? Exactly! That would be patently ridiculous ... lol.

Shit wasn't all sweet though as this highbrow happening was met by local protesters who have long contended that the Atlantic Yards Project spells doom for the Brooklyn that we all know and L.O.V.E. Personally, I do have mixed feelings about this gargantuan undertaking ... I know that this will turn traffic into a food fight mess and that the already exorbitant property prices in Downtown Brooklyn will only soar higher and higher and, worst of all, force out long time low-income residents. No bueno.

On the other hand, the jobs that this arena will provide and the patronage that the overflow of crowds will bring to neighboring businesses can only be seen as a good thing, particularly in this barely rebounding economy. Ehhhhhhh, Y.O.U. can't stop the tag-team of big business AND progress. It is what it is.


"Representin' for THE BOROUGH!" Think B.I.G.

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