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Barclays Center will have 1 am last call

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Spectators and club-goers at the soon-to-open Barclays Center won’t be able to score booze after 1 am thanks to a state decision that residents are calling a small win for the neighborhood.

Vendors at the 18,000-seat stadium must stop selling alcohol prior to the fourth quarter of basketball games, one hour before concerts end — and no later than 1 am if any event runs that late, the State Liquor Authority ruled on Wednesday.

Neighbors say the booze curfew — which is an hour earlier than the 2 am last call requested by the Barclays Center — will help prevent throngs of drunken fans from trashing and disrupting residential streets around the arena.

“There are a lot of people who wanted see a much earlier cut-off — but overall it’s a positive decision,” said Gib Veconi of Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council.

The last call rule applies to the arena’s 53 vendors, including Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club as well as all “premium access” sections such as luxury boxes.

The decision to implement a 1 am last call comes after dozens of residents stormed a Community Board 6 hoping to block the arena’s liquor license bid altogether. The neighborhood group later signed off on the stadium’s request for a 2 am alcohol cut-off — despite outcry from neighbors who wanted the booze to stop flowing as early as 10 pm.

The 1 am rule is roughly three and a half hours later than the cut-off Wrigley Field in Chicago, which is comparable to Barclays Center because of its size and proximity to residential streets.

That’s part of the reason some arena neighbors say the serving times must be scaled back further.

“I’d like to see it much earlier,” said Peter Krashes of the Dean Street Block Association. “These streets are not designed withstand noise and crowds.”

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Are they forgetting that this neighborhood is predominately residential? Allowing for this will make others either vomit or leave trash at others making the residents responsible for their messes. Before anyone thinks that they are just a bunch a NIMBYs, would you be allowing for this if this happened to be your neighborhood? It just shows how one can get their way just by having friends in high places. If you truly think that this is no big deal, you probably have never been to this neighborhood or probably work for FCR or any of those associated or affiliated with him.
Aug. 30, 2012, 5:09 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal - By your definition, Times Square is "predominantly residential."
Aug. 30, 2012, 7:28 pm
derp from the isle o'coney says:
Tal seems angry instead of his usual self-righteous self. Anyhoo I'd be happy to walk to games. Welcome to Brooklyn, Nets!
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:37 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Good day to live on he other side of the Avenue. Enjoy you new neighbors
Aug. 31, 2012, 4:57 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, even with the new residential construction, Times Square is still a business district for the most part. I cannot believe you are trying to think that Prospect Heights is like Times Square when it's not. Times Square still has many of the city's Broadway plays as well as businesses being there, which some happen to be prestigious. The only thing that Prospect Heights that is close to business is retail and some restaurants, but that can be anywhere. Downtown Brooklyn is the only actual business district in Brooklyn. For the record, I have been to Prospect Heights numerous times during the fight to stop that project from even being built as well as the nearby neighborhoods such as Ft Greene and Park Slope, and those two are mostly residential, which I have seen with my own eyes.
Aug. 31, 2012, 7:59 pm
ty from pps says:
With your own eyes?! For realzies?
Sept. 1, 2012, 1:12 am
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
Well, first off let me say that I thoroughly enjoy the comments to these articles. Also, I am glad that the establishments at Barclays have a 1am last call, although I don't see this fact making too much of an impact. Yes, the arena is in a residential area, but most of the drunkards will be leaving the arena and heading straight to the subway. They will not be walking the approximate 2-3 blocks in either direction to get into a truly residential section. And if they do, they'll do so to continue drinking at another location which is firmly within the residential area of the neighborhood; if these establishments don't have a similar "last call," then the arena's 1am last call won't really accomplish what the neighborhood councils desire.
Sept. 1, 2012, 7:03 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
I agree with Prospect Heights Resident. The neighborhood around Wrigley Field has so many bars its own last call makes no difference. There is still plenty vomit, urine, noise, and property damage. So if anything you're going to see an increase in numbers for bars close to Barclays Center, which is good for those bars, but it won't make a whole lot of difference in the ill effects for residents.
Sept. 1, 2012, 11:22 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
It is not going to affect the hours of surounding bars. It is very judgemental to assume that all are drunkards - and true they will head to the subways and not meander around downtown. The area around wrigley is packed with bars and also very accessable to local transportation (the red line) howver the bars in Chicago close at 2am.
Sept. 1, 2012, 3:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Most of those who think that the residents are complaining have probably never been there, otherwise you would understand why they are complaining about it in the first place. These are not simple dive bars like what Freddy's Bar & Backroom was, which was demolished to build that arena that used eminent domain abuse and corporate welfare, these bars are more of either corporations or major franchises. Some of them will be blasting up music to wake up neighbors. I know that are some websites [like Nets Daily] that even showed a picture of one of the residents with their dog to insult them, which I find to be nothing more than a major hit below the belt. I betcha if this was any of your neighborhoods, I highly doubt any of you would be saying what you are saying right now.
Sept. 1, 2012, 8:44 pm

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