Busy weekend at the Barclays Center

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The Barclays Center saw a lot of action last weekend.

Friday saw the opening of a barbershop inside the arena. The two-chair haircut shop will be run by the Williamsburg groomers of Fellow Barber in partnership with the men’s magazine GQ,

It may sit at Brooklyn’s crossroads, but the operation is not exactly convenient, being that it will only be open during games and concerts.

It will also cost image-conscious event-goers a pretty penny — a shave and a haircut will run you 300 bits (that’s $75, for those of you keeping score).

Cypress Hills-bred boxer Luis Collazo broke in a chair with a presumably free head shave ahead of the Brooklyn Nets’ double-overtime win that night over the hated Miami Heat.

The victory was the Nets’ fifth straight, but the winning streak came to a bitter end on Saturday in Canada, when the borough’s home team fell to the Toronto Raptors.

Hometown hero Jay Z raised spirits on Sunday, when he touched down at the arena for a concert as part of his Magna Carta Holy Grail tour. The rap superstar grew up two-and-a-half miles away in the Marcy Houses and owned a small stake in the Nets and the arena until September 2013, when he reportedly sold it to Nets coach Jason Kidd and someone else to avoid a legal conflict of interest with his new sports management company. The hip hopper’s endorsement of the Atlantic Yards mega-development ahead of its ground-breaking gave the controversial project a public relations bump.

He performs again tonight.

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Jay-Z is no hometown hero especially when he helped Ratner abuse eminent domain and taxpayer dollars to build an arena that by no surprise opened with his show as a reward for being there with him the whole time, plus he's washed up anyway.
Jan. 13, 2014, 5:50 pm

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