Demolition crews began tearing down buildings Friday for the Barclays Center interim parking lot, 1,000 feet down the street from the arena construction. Last week's snow is not expected to have much, if any, effect on the arena construction timetable. An opening week of concerts is still planned for summer of 2012.
The landscaped, enclosed 1,100-space lot will be temporary until Bruce Ratner gets financing for several apartment towers on the site. At the same time, another piece of the puzzle is taking shape. Across the street from the arena, on the old site of Freddy's Bar, Ratner has set side land for use as an "arena broadcast support area". It's where television satellite trucks will operate from during games and other events.
The arena is, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, a big draw for Carmelo Anthony. He writes that 'Melo's agents "have long wanted to get Anthony and another of their clients, New Orleans point guard Chris Paul to the Nets as the franchise prepares for a move to Brooklyn, N.Y."