BROOKLYN - News 12 Brooklyn is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers. Coming in at No. 3 is the immense success of Barclays Center.
Brooklyn's newest arena saw several high-profile performers this year, from Paul McCartney to Itzhak Perlman, among many others. It also hosted MTV's Video Music Awards back in August. Former shareholder Jay Z is set to bring his Magna Carta World Tour to the center in January.
The now world-renowned arena's impact has been felt both globally and locally. Barclays has made it a point to ensure the selling of products from small, local businesses at their events, such as Clinton Hill-based Tin Mustard and pastries from The Chocolate Room, which has stores in Park Slope and Cobble Hill.
Despite the arena's success, some residents are not too pleased with the higher rent costs and increased traffic it has brought in. Conversely, Borough President Marty Markowitz says its effect has been nothing but positive.
Even though the Barclays Center is still in its infancy, Rolling Stone magazine named it among the coolest arenas in the country, behind landmarks Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.