We have not written about much of the opposition to the Barclays Center’s construction. AtlanticYardsReports.blogspot.com has covered much more of it. Recently, the M.T.A. renamed the Atlantic Avenue – Pacific Street subway station to Atlantic Av – Barclays Center. In July, one opponent to the Barclays Center will begin selling a T-Shirt reading, “I’m still calling it: Atlantic Av – Pacific St.”
This is the shirt’s description:
“You can tear the buildings down, and run folks out of town, and spin your tales of heroism. Billionaires come, and billionaires go. Names change, streets are bulldozed, neighborhoods divided, but these coordinates remain the same. Change is great, destruction ain’t. When the name becomes Atlantic/Housing Way we might sing a sweeter tune. You can call it the Barclay’s whatever, but I’m Still Calling it Atlantic Avenue Pacific Street!”
I think the opposition to the Nets’ move to Brooklyn puts more pressure on the team to succeed quickly. If the Nets continue having losing seasons and attracting few fans, Barclays Center opponents may be more justified in claiming that the Nets wasted a Brooklyn neighborhood. However, I am confident the Nets will become a big attraction and bring tons of basketball fans to Brooklyn. The Nets have sold a ton of merchandise recently, even more than the Knicks have. They should enjoy many sellouts this season and bring jobs and business to Brooklyn.