As Pre-Cast Arrives at Arena Site, Critics' Fight Nears Conclusion

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

In the next few days, workers will begin placing precast concrete slabs atop steel decking already up at Barclays Center, the latest step in the construction of the 18,000-seat, 675,000-square foot arena.  As the latest image, taken Monday shows, the steel framework is also marching south to complete the arena bowl.

And in a Manhattan courtroom, arena critics went before a judge in what could be their final attempt to slow the overall $5 billion Atlantic Yards project.  They have given up trying to stop the arena, but hope to convince Judge Marcy Friedman to order the Empire State Development Corp to conduct a new environmental review on the remainder of the project, contending a longer buildout wasn't factored into the latest EIS. In adnother development, the Times reports Bruce Ratner wants to build the world's tallest prefab structure, a 34-story apartment tower, next to the arena.

Meanwhile, the Nets continue their community outreach in the borough. Brook Lopez will participate in a book reading for children from Hanover Place Child Care between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Lopez will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk.

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