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Just over an hour into a set that lasted nearly three, Paul McCartney acknowledged the city in which he was performing. “How many people here are actually from Brooklyn?” he asked, as many in the sold-out Barclays Center crowd greeted him with loud applause. He continued to gauge the crowd’s geographical roots, asking next who wasn’t from Brooklyn, but New York City, then asking who came from out of town. This crowd-hyping exercise, which...
So when did you discover X? Was it It’s Dark and Hell is Hot or Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood? A common question murmured among various groups of concert-goers as they spilled through the arena doors in preparation of the night. It was obvious. Just minutes before the show, the only thing more strikingly evident than the smell of marijuana and Hennessy rising to the decks of Barclays was the sense...
After four years as an assistant coach across the river at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks, and another four in the same capacity, Kenny Atkinson finally was thrust into a leading role last year, when he nailed down the job as the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets, making the Barclays Center into his home for at least 41 games a year. With those eight years of experience on NBA sidelines—coupled with a...
With would-be merchants clamoring to a score a piece of the action generated by the crowd-mobbed Barclays Center, you’d think the Park Slope/Prospect Heights corridor would be fully equipped with the basics. And yet, despite the density of restaurants, gourmet goods purveyors, bakeries and coffee shops inhabiting Flatbush, the retail strip has remained oddly devoid of a cocktail bar. Enter Murat Uyaroglu, who’s already done his part to keep the area thoroughly caffeinated and WiFi-equipped,...

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