The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea

Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Barclays Center gets Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Tournament

Press release -

Atlantic 10 Conference, Barclays Center Form Partnership; Bring A-10 Championship To Brooklyn

(NEW YORK) - The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that it has formed a five-year partnership with the Barclays Center to bring the A-10 men's basketball tournament to Brooklyn and the new arena, beginning in 2013. The joint announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at the Barclays Center Showroom in Manhattan, N.Y.

It will mark the first time the A-10 Championship, which sends its champion to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, will be held in metropolitan New York City and the first time it will be played in a state-of-the-art new facility.

"The opportunity to partner with the Barclays Center and bring the Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship to New York has unlimited possibilities. Our teams will compete in the newest, state-of-the-art facility within the Atlantic 10 footprint and the number-one media market in the country," stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.

Currently under construction, the Barclays Center will be a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and the future home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. The Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena. The last time the Atlantic 10 Tournament was in an NBA building was in 2002 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

"We are thrilled for the Barclays Center to play host to one of men's basketball's most prestigious conference tournaments,"Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said."We appreciate our alliance with the Atlantic 10 as we position the Barclays Center as a significant national collegiate sports venue."

The highest concentration of Atlantic 10 alumni of any region in the county live and work in the New York metro area. There are 2.5 million people total in Brooklyn and 8.1 million total people in New York, an opportunity for the A-10's premier event to be played on the biggest stage in the nation.

"Brooklyn and the surrounding metropolitan New York area is home to over 100,000 Atlantic 10 alumni; this combined with the eight-million plus population will give the Atlantic 10 an opportunity to grow the Championship to new heights," said McGlade.

The move also places the championship into the largest media market in the nation and home to CBS Sports, the Atlantic 10's television partner for the men's basketball championship. CBS Sports carries several regular season A-10 games and the league's championship title game is aired on CBS as part of the network's Selection Sunday package.

The Atlantic 10 is one of the most successful and well-respected leagues for basketball. The A-10 has averaged more than three teams per year in the top 50 of the RPI, equal to the Southeastern Conference. For the last four years, the Atlantic 10 earned three bids into the NCAA Tournament, one of only six Division I conferences to do so. Over the last six years, the league has had 10 at-large selections - the seventh most in Division I - behind only the big six BCS leagues.

About the A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976, is currently comprised of 14 member institutions and sponsors 21 championship sports. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic pursuits of the membership. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, and Xavier University.

About the Barclays Center
Scheduled to open in September 2012, the Barclays Center will be a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, N.Y. Designed by the award-winning architectural firms Ellerbe Becket, ( and SHoP Architects (, the Barclays Center will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. The Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 100 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, three clubs, and a restaurant.

The Barclays Center will host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, professional tennis, top college basketball and hockey, family shows, such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, and NETS Basketball. Current programming alliances with the Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for the Barclays Center include ADT, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, MGM Grand @ Foxwoods, MetroPCS, and Stolichnaya. Other sponsors include: Willis, Haier America, Phillips-Van Heusen, Anheuser-Busch, High Point Solutions, and The Coca-Cola Company.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Brooklyn Nets

NY Daily News excepts

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Brooklyn Nets

Fifty-three years after Walter O’Malley smacked Brooklynites by taking the Dodgers to the other coast, the largest borough in NYC finally has a moniker to call its own: The Brooklyn Nets.

The subtle and expected name change – which isn’t official until approved by the NBA’s Board of Governors – was announced during a spectacle of a press conference Monday held in front of the construction site of the $1 billion Barclays Center. Minority owner Jay-Z made a grand entrance, proclaimed the team as “the Brooklyn Nets” – along with news that he’ll open the arena with a concert in September of next year – and then was escorted out of the tent in a hurry.

Jay-Z was strictly about Brooklyn whiling referencing his Marcy Projects roots and inviting on the stage 25 students from his alma mater, George Westinghouse High School. But borough president Marty Markowitz set his sights on the competition.

““I can’t wait, I can’t WAIT, until those Knicks, aka Manhattan Knicks, step out of the way for what will be our NBA champions, the Brooklyn Nets," he said.

“Without Brooklyn, I wouldn’t be standing here right now,” Jay-Z said. “I’m humbled, I’m excited, so get ready for the Brooklyn Nets.”

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jay-Z Brooklyn Nets major announcement

Monday Sept 26th. Watch it live at this link -

Brooklyn Aviators tickets on sale

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

City Council approves BJ's Wholesale on Shore Parkway

NY Post excerpt -

The City Council today approved a $150 million makeover for Brooklyn’s long-neglected Bensonhurst waterfront – which includes bringing one of the nation’s top wholesale warehouse stores to the area.

The Council approved developer Joe Sitt’s “Brooklyn Bay Center,” a massive shopping center to be anchored by a BJ’s Wholesale Club that is now set to break ground by the end of the year.

It will replace a weedy vacant bus depot at Shore Parkway and 24th Avenue with a 214,000-square-foot retail complex – 134,000 square feet to be used by BJ’s and the rest by other retail stores overlooking Gravesend Bay.

The project would also provide 700 parking spaces and a 2.4-acre esplanade providing key waterfront access for the community. The Bay Center is expected to bring 250 new jobs.

The developer, best known for his holdings in Coney Island, purchased the Bensonhurst land for $10 million in 2005. However, the proposal gained little steam until after he agreed to sell most of his prime Coney Island land to the city in Nov. 2009 to pave way for Luna Park’s opening.

“This significant development along the Brooklyn waterfront will immediately create much needed good-paying jobs and provide low-cost goods to residents currently struggling in a tough economy,” said Sitt, who lives in Bensonhurst.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Video - Ratner on Bloomberg

Ratner hopeful on Islanders in Brooklyn!

NY Post excerpt -

The developer of Brooklyn's Barclays Center yesterday said he's "hopeful" the Islanders will move to the new arena when the hockey team's lease at Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

"I think it is highly likely there won't be a new arena built in Nassau County with the current state of the economy, so I think there is certainly a chance," developer Bruce Ratner told Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."

Although Ratner declined to reveal whether he has had talks with the NHL team, his comments were the strongest he has made yet about pro hockey joining the NBA's Nets at the Barclays Center, which opens in September 2012.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Looks like Stillwell could go year round in 2012 as well

There is an article in this week's Bay News about Thor's new building on Stillwell Ave. where Henderson's used to be. It's a temporary 1 story construction that should be ready by next summer. In a few years that site will be a hotel, but for now it looks like it will be some kind of retail center with games and restaurants. Ziggy is pushing for a Johnny Rockets there. If it is ready for tenants next summer as scheduled, we could be looking at the beginnings a year round Stillwell Avenue in addition to Zamperla's potential plans for a year round Boardwalk in 2012.

The Bay News cover page article on Thor's construction is not online yet. Hopefully this week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

First residential building at Atlantic Yards

Brooklyn Eagle excerpt -

33-Story, 368-Unit Building Planned

By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

ATLANTIC YARDS — MaryAnne Gilmartin, executive vice president of commercial and residential development at Forest City Ratner Companies, predicted it would happen.

At a meeting of the Brooklyn Real Estate Roundtable in February, when she was giving an update on the Barclays Center Arena and the Atlantic Yards development, she said that within the year construction might begin on the development’s first residential building closest to the arena.

Indeed, a permit application was filed Aug. 16 with the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) for the new building.

First reported on on Tuesday, the application calls for a 33-story, 322-foot-tall 374,936-square-foot building with 368 residential units and an address of 461 Dean St.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Its all about the land between the Aquarium to Keyspan, south of Surf Ave."

Taking that quote from a poster on another board.

Thank you G-D! Thank You! Year-Round. We've waited generations. It's here. I will top your mitzvahs Ziggy. I could cry I'm so happy it's happening.

Absolutely nobody talks honkytonk anymore

I love it! Coney getting its respect! Man how times have changed...........

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zigun confirms Boardwalk Businesses leaving

In front of a crowd of 24 people???

Bay News excerpts -

Dick Zigun — the neighborhood’s unofficial mayor and the amply tattooed man behind the popular Sideshows by the Seashore — defended the city’s ongoing plan to turn the area into a 24-7 destination in his highly anticipated “State of Coney” address, delivered before a crowd of two dozen people at the Sideshows on Surf Avenue between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street.

Zigun gave himself, as head of Coney Island USA, just a “B–” because he failed to save seven beloved Boardwalk businesses that didn’t get new leases and will now to make way for new retail.

They include Cha Cha’s and Ruby’s Bar, whose owner is not planning to relocate elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Zigun mourned the loss, but said Ruby’s demise could have been avoided.

“If you want, to you can pick yourself up by your bootstraps and relocate,” said Zigun, whose arts organization moved into a historic building on Surf Avenue after losing its space on the Boardwalk.