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An arena grows in Brooklyn

A view of the construction of the Barclays

A view of the construction of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Apr. 4, 2011) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

I took a trip deep into the heart of Brooklyn Monday to tour the Barclays Center, such as it is at this early stage of construction.

I came home with muddy shoes and this article.

Once the arena is completed for the 2012-13 basketball season, and once the renovation of the Garden is complete for 2013-14, the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Devils, Liberty and Red Bulls will be playing in new or transformed facilities.

The Islanders? Um, no.

Anyway, one of the best features of the Barclays Center is its proximity to nine subway lines and the LIRR.

You are welcome to drive if you wish, but I would strongly recommend against it. The issue isn't so much available parking spaces as it is getting to the area in the first place.

The clogged streets near Atlantic and Flatbush are nowhere near major highways.

Nets CEO Brett Yormark would not say what concert would open the arena on Sept. 28, 2012, but how can it not be part-owner Jay-Z?

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