Exclusive slideshow: Inside the Barclays Center

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This overview shot shows how much has been completed, including the frame of the arched roof (background).
This view shows a detail of the stands.
Along Atlantic Avenue, the frame is especially pronounced.
This view looks to the southwest.
Even some stairways are completed.

These are great shots of a project that looks on schedule for a fall 2012 completion.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but those shots of the arena doesn't change how it came. This is being paid by taxpayer dollars, and not of the pockets of neither Ratner or Proky. Also, Ratner used eminent domain, which a process for public projects only, to get this done. I wouldn't be surprised if most of those attacking me for saying this probably have connections with him, because most supporters usually do. This project will be a bad thing for Brooklyn espeically since it's by an intersection that gets constant gridlock right now and a subway hub that is hard to get by on peak hours.
April 2, 2011, 3:22 pm
tzvi from downtown says:
So stay home. This project will help the local economy and help boost Brooklyn to the glory it once was.
April 2, 2011, 8:37 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Are you kidding me!? In 2005, the Independent Budget Office Report stated that the arena would be a net money loser, not the other way around. If you really think that professional sports facilities help revitalize an area, you are sadly mistaken. I suggest you read Field of Schemes by Neil de Mause as he states repeatedly how they have actually hurt their areas rather than helped them. Also, I suggest you read the Atlantic Yards Report by Norman Oder, because he keeps tabs on this project, and is stating what is really going on.
April 2, 2011, 9:38 pm
@Tal from Unpleasantville says:
I thought this arena still isn't getting built? What happened?
April 3, 2011, 11:21 am
al pankin from downtown says:
maybe they should have built the arena in pleasantville, another depressed area...
stop complaing already and buy some nets tickets
April 3, 2011, 12:39 pm
kelly from park slope says:
No point in going over all the many negatives in how this project got approved against all logic. It's a done deal now and that is that. I wonder what will become of the rest of the development, though. No $$ to build those 19 skyscrapers. right? What if he sells off the rest of the land to someone else, who is even less bound to keeping any of the promises made for this awful deal to get pushed through?
April 3, 2011, 8:14 pm
kelly from park slope says:
Gotta say, they are great photos.
April 3, 2011, 8:15 pm
InTheSlope from Park Slope says:

Sellout! Ratner hawks half of his malls to raise $ for A’Yards.... some people are plain stupid.... they believe anything..... Including this is good for the community....
April 3, 2011, 8:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Sorry al, but my property isn't for sale, but I heard that your property is a lot better than mine.
April 3, 2011, 9:43 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
I don't think that certain people should be speaking for other people including myself ( a supporter) of this project, who doesn't have any connection to Bruce Ratner or his development company what so ever. I would rather my tax dollars go to this cause, then some of the other bogus real estate and infrastructure projects that go on in this country including making signs that say "Thank you for supporting the reinvestment act". I am sure some sort of housing will eventually get built on the other side one day, maybe not now. However, now that this arena is starting to look better and better, I am one of the people from this AREA that will be looking forward to going to the nets games, and events at the new Barclays Center.
April 4, 2011, 2:57 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
Let me also throw it, I can certainly agree with the others who have commented on this page, that the project WOULD have been built by now, with all its original benefits, if certain people from the area found better things to do with their lives, rather than just sue sue sue, and delay the dam thing for seven years, for a negative outcome they probably knew they were going to get.
April 4, 2011, 3 pm

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