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Part 4: Hoops, hockey, and Kings Plaza – Brooklyn Paper

Part 4: Hoops, hockey, and Kings Plaza

Nets center Brook Lopez bulldozes Manhattan Knicks big man Tyson Chandler during the first match-up in the nascent cross-borough rivalry, which Brooklyn took in overtime, 96–89.
Associated Press / Kathy Willens

Here’s the conclusion of our 2012 year in review:

October

Sad day: A hit-and-run driver took the life of rock band drummer Terence Connor as he biked down Metropolitan Avenue in Bushwick on Oct. 1. The motorist remains on the lam.

Mall bearers: The biggest sale at the Kings Plaza Mall this year was the mall itself. The Macerich Company snatched up the retail hub for $751 million.

The puck drops here: The New York Islanders signed a 25-year lease to play home games at the Barclay Center, bringing hockey to Brooklyn beginning in 2015 despite a quirky seating configuration that may leave the area behind one of the goals devoid of fans.

Sweet deal: DUMBO developers Two Trees Management Company purchased Williamsburg’s closed Domino Sugar factory for $185 million from the ailing Community Preservation Corporation Resources Inc. — breathing new life into a plan to bring thousands of apartments to the waterfront.

Storm of the century: Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn on Oct. 29, changing the borough forever. See our breakout for more coverage.

November

Nothing but Nets: The Brooklyn Nets took the court for the first time in their new home on Nov. 3, topping the Toronto Raptors in an historic 107–100 win after Hurricane Sandy postponed a much-hyped cross-town match-up against the Manhattan Knicks.

Zoned out: Getting into two of Park Slope’s best-ranked elementary schools got harder after the approval of a controversial plan to shrink the zones feeding into the popular-but-packed PS 321 and PS 107.

Growing Gowanus: The Lightstone Group revived an abandoned plan to build hundreds of apartments on the banks of the Gowanus Canal — and the developers say they won’t let Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, or the concerns of politicians and activists, stand in the way.

December

Kicker: Brooklyn Bridge Park debuted three new soccer fields, a picnic peninsula, and a playground on Pier 5. Fans of the so-called “beautiful game” cheered the play fields, while neighbors celebrated the construction of the Squibb Park footbridge.

Kill the music: Acclaimed music venue Zebulon shut down — and co-owner Joce Soubiran blamed the “squares” who moved in around the Williamsburg club for causing its closure by calling in noise complaints.

Parked: The city received a $29-million grant to install a speedy, bus lane along the B44 route from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg, but drivers are in an uproar over concerns that the bus lane will eat up parking spaces along the busy commercial thoroughfare.

Mayor Bloomberg and developer Bruce Ratner announced the Islanders will join the Nets at the Barclays Center.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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