Neighbors of the Barclays Center are still none too happy with things like new nightclubs, rats migrating from the construction site, heavy truck traffic and construction debris left untended. There's a new website, Atlantic Yards Watch, set up to highlight those issues and the state is looking for a community relations manager.
Meanwhile, the Nets and the arena have begun "spotlighting" local shopowners who favor the 18,000-seat arena, ones happy to have a high-profile neighbor. The first is a clothier, Vinnie's Styles, which has two shops within a block of the arena and features Brooklyn-styled shirts and jackets and some Nets gear. The family-owned operation tells Jaclyn Sabol (aka Jac of all Nets) they believe the arena and arrival of the Nets will be good for them, good for Brooklyn.