Forest City Ratner concedes there might be a noise problem at Barclays Center

Green roof to help noise-proof Barclays Center

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The Barclays Center is going green.

The Prospect Heights arena is set to get a massive vegetation roof that mega-developer Forest City Ratner says will beautify the view for future Atlantic Yards tenants and help quell neighbors’ concerns about the bass boom of concerts and sporting events.

“The roof is an amenity, but we acknowledge, of course, that it will probably do something about sound if we have that issue again,” said Forest City Ratner spokeswoman Ashley Cotton. “It was the right time to introduce this concept as an amenity for all of the residents that will be surrounding the arena, and for people of the community.”

Forest City Ratner is not sure when construction will start on the roof, according to Cotton, who would not say how much the addition will cost. Once it starts, the process should take about nine months and require three cranes, according to a company press release.

The green roof will be partially funded by Greenland, the Chinese-government-owned developer that is buying the un-built portion of the hot-button development complex over and around the Long Island Rail Road train yard at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.

The emerald ceiling will be built on top of the existing roof and will offer a lush view for inhabitants of planned apartment towers that will supposedly one day loom over the Barclays Center, but it is not a front lawn, Forest City insists. Residents and leisure-seekers will be barred from climbing around on the inviting turf, despite the ramp up to the window of one building and the 4-10-feet crawl-and-frolic space between the sod and the actual roof. The B2 skyscraper is the only building in the planned complex currently under construction. That 383-unit skyscraper, made by slotting prefabricated apartment boxes into a frame, will rise to 32 stories at the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue and include about 180 below-market-rate apartments.

Forest City Ratner had originally planned a green roof as part of its bid to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, an eco-friendly design standard overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, company head honcho Mary Anne Gilmartin said in a statement. The arena got its green certification without the flashy feature, but wanted a “more direct connection” to the plant-covered subway entrance in front of the arena, according to Gilmartin.

The overhaul will apparently obscure the gigantic rooftop logo of British financial giant Barclays, which paid $453 million to U.S. and British authorities in 2012 for its rigging of international interest rates.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Suplexing Sallingers says:
That's gonna be one big kale garden for Hayden and Reid to play in during their 18 month Brooklyn playdate.
April 7, 2014, 1:43 pm
NYPD from NY says:
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April 7, 2014, 2:04 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I won't be surprised if the state will be forced to pick up the tab for this as we pretty much have for everything else involving this project.
April 7, 2014, 3:02 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
↑↑↑↑Other Village IDIOT↑↑↑↑↑

Yes, Tal, do you think?
April 7, 2014, 3:11 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
John, how about proving me that it won't involve taxpayer dollars rather than launching a personal attack at me?
April 7, 2014, 4 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑Assuming you meant to use the word "wrong" in the above (↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑) "sentence"...I was agreeing with you. It was sarcasm. And I'm sorry for catapulting a personal attack in your general direction; to call you an idiot would be an insult to idiots worldwide-if you don't mind my pointing this out.
April 7, 2014, 4:23 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Girls, girls... you're both pretty. Now shut the —— up.
April 7, 2014, 6:15 pm
diehipster from Pass Me the Purple Stuff says:
I wish I knew what kale was.
April 8, 2014, 10:48 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Originally, there was supposed to be a green roof with a garden, but it was scraped for that fact that it was expensive, not realistic, and was found to be an environmental disaster, which is why it wasn't there in the first place.
April 8, 2014, 2:46 pm
diehipster from LLRB! says:
I wish I had a friend. It really sucks that everyone thinks Brooklyn is cool now and I've lived here all my life and nobody thinks I'm cool. This sucks.
April 8, 2014, 4:30 pm
Frank from Furter says:
And we all wish you'd stop pretending to be from Brooklyn and move back to Ohio!
April 9, 2014, 1:12 pm
Steve from Prospect Heights says:
The reason the first design was scrapped was because FCR decided it was too expensive for them, and it would require letting the public have access to promised public space. Plain old greed, just what we expect from Ratner and all his employees.

Did you see Ashley Cotton calling this "an amenity"? That means they are going to claim the costs as a tax break for providing something to the community! Just like they did when they put the "statue" of the giant poop on the plaza below the toilet bowl roof! They are laughing at the public and merrily taking the money!

Make a lot of public noise with the government and make this nonsense stop!
April 9, 2014, 1:17 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Don't look at me, I was against building this project when it was first mentioned.
April 9, 2014, 5:26 pm
Joseph from Bay Ridge says:
A green roof can help with rainwater mitigation, saving potential monies for expanded sewage infrastructure. A big roof like that can absorb a good amount of water.
April 10, 2014, 10:33 pm
CommonCents from Crown Heights says:
Green roof, that's cool and all, but what about all the housing? Remember that? Instead of building a green roof on that commercial monstrosity, why not design the housing units to use 100% renewable energy? Solar, wind, geothermal etc. and kick energy back into the grid while they're at it. Use it's height to harness the wind, it's east/west orientation to harness the sun etc. They can use a combination of filtered rain water, runoff for a real garden.
April 11, 2014, 5:34 pm

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