Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn

Barbra is coming to Brooklyn!

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Barbra’s coming back to Brooklyn!

Eight-time Grammy award-winning superstar and Brooklyn legend Barbra Streisand will play a homecoming concert at Barclays Center this fall, according to the Funny Girl herself.

The showbiz legend — who grew up in Williamsburg and East Flatbush — will grace the stage on Oct. 11 in her first-ever Brooklyn performance.

“I guess you can come home again,” Streisand said in a statement. “I’m so glad I came from Brooklyn — it’s down to earth.”

Streisand said she has fond memories of Brooklyn, especially Erasmus Hall High School and Prospect Park, for which she still has a soft spot.

Politicians and elected officials touted the entertainment goddess’s arrival as yet another sign the borough has arrived, too.

“I’m thrilled that all of America will be celebrating one of Brooklyn’s greatest contributions to the world of music, film, television and Broadway,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Brooklyn’s Babs boosters can purchase tickets online starting on May 21.

The show comes weeks after Streisand’s half-sister Roslyn Kind — an accomplished singer and Brooklyn native in her own right — played in Flatbush.

Other musicians coming to the 18,200-seat Barclays Center this year include Jay-Z, Rush, and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018: Story updated with rock-solid confirmation — from Babs herself!
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Reasonable discourse

pisarchick from downtown says:
you spell her name wrong
May 4, 2012, 9:01 am
Malembi from BK says:
This is a much better online read when the power is out. Try it.
May 4, 2012, 12:25 pm
Mark from Ft. Greene says:
Great, the neighborhood is going to be overrun with guilt trips from old Jewish grandmothers, as they make their way back to the subways.
May 4, 2012, 2:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
She is washed up anyway. Barbra was great in her younger years, but she hasn't done that many performances lately. If anything, this will be one of her first in a while. Either way, this isn't anything special, and more can be read about this over at the Atlantic Yards Report where Oder once again has the real story.
May 4, 2012, 3:01 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Where will all the gays drink afterwards?
May 4, 2012, 3:02 pm
Bruce St. Gay from Jewish Brooklyn says:
OMGod - I am going to plotz!
May 4, 2012, 3:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The only thing that keeps her connected with Brooklyn is the fact that she was born there. Other than that, she hasn't been living in Brooklyn since getting her career started that got her to where she is now. Currently, she is living on the west coast. Just like most of the others who are promoting this place, none happen to live in Brooklyn, and even Jay-Z, Yormark, Proky, and Ranter don't reside in this borough despite saying how great it is. BTW, Barbra plans to be buried in a mausoleum over at the Mt Hebron Cemetery over in Queens when she dies, and it is already built for her over there.
May 4, 2012, 4:13 pm
Chris Sullivan says:
I have to laugh at the people who attempt to put Streisand down, who, at 70, can still sell out major aren's, release #1 albums, star in films, support charitable causes etc. These people will NEVER do a fraction of what she has done - which I guess comes down to "Diva" envy and is just sad and pathetic. I'd say God bless Barbra Streisand, but it's clear he already has and continues to do so.
May 4, 2012, 8:23 pm
Resident from PPW says:
While Ms. Streisand may not be my cup of tea, she is and has been a great entertainer. I am glad she is coming to the Barclay Center and hope she sells out the facility.

What I am curious about is the quote from Councilwoman James. Just asking if other local politicians get involved with booking acts at other large venues around the tri-state area? Is this an indication that the local politicians in Brooklyn are going to be receiving freebee tickets for not only this show but the other events at the Barclay? Just asking.
May 5, 2012, 5:25 am
Sharon from Bath Beach says:
I love Babs! Yippie!
May 5, 2012, 5:36 am
Norman Oder says:
James is not involved with booking acts. She was merely publicly stating information she had apparently learned.

Norman Oder
Atlantic Yards Report
May 5, 2012, 7:11 am
Fran Fein from Flushing says:
Barbra!! I am sooo excited!

Mr. Sheffield, I'm taking the day off!
May 5, 2012, 8:52 am
Lars from From Denmark says:
Why do some people have to be so Nasty...
If you don´t like Streisand... Don´t buy the tickets.
I hate Britney and Mariah... So I just don´t go and see them or buy their albums. Simple as that.
May 5, 2012, 9:36 am
danny g from boston says:
this woman could come out on a stage and just burp, and she would get a standing ovation. la creme de la creme...
May 5, 2012, 12:19 pm
DEBRET from Sheepshead Bay says:
Don't forget Al Sharpton doesn't live in his native Brooklyn either. He enjoy's the lilly white section of Teaneck, New Jersey.
May 5, 2012, 3:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Honestly, most major events that will be coming to Barclays Center won't be going there for being prestigious, it will be because it is cheap due to the subsidies it's getting. I am not trying to down Streisand here, I am just think that she is only coming based on what she can afford and book these days. In the end, MSG will still be seen as being more prestigious than what Barclays Center will ever be. Again, she hasn't been living in Brooklyn since she her younger days. If she really says how much she loves Brooklyn, then why doesn't she start taking residence here. The same thing applies to all of those who promoted this arena, because none of them actually live in Brooklyn. Even Derek Jeter doesn't live in the city during the off-season, because in he can live in Florida without ever having to pay sales tax.
May 5, 2012, 4:33 pm
Will from Flushing says:
It amazes me that people will post such ill-informed things. You may hate Ms. Streisand; that's your opinion. You are entitled to that but you are not entitled to make facts. "is only coming based on what she can afford"? Look at the arenas she sold out in 2006. She broke box office records for nearly every arena she played, only being topped by her previous tour in 2001 for Madison Square Garden. "she is over the hill?" Well at 70, she has just released an album, has completed filming for a major film due out in November, is slated to produce and star in a major Hollywood musical and just wrote a best selling book on decorating. How we should all be THAT over the hill. The only thing I question about this report is the sources. Clearly, this isn't as done of a deal as it is coming across. But at least it provided the opportunity for those who value their opinions over facts a place to rant.
May 6, 2012, 9:38 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As usual, many tend to forget that Ratner paid absolutely nothing for this arena. It was funded on the back of taxpayers. As a matter of fact, just about everything he owns is taxpayer funded. Not that long ago, a business that was based in Times Square moved to MTC, which is another Ratner-owned complex, but not because of prestige, but because of the fact that the said company was looking for a property that a good deal could be gotten out of it. In other words, what better place than where the rent can be subsidized, so don't have to owe that much? BTW, I never said that I hated Streisand, which you took out of context like many other paid supporters of Ratner, I was just saying the fact that she hasn't been living in Brooklyn since she launched her career. If she really does care about it, then why doesn't she move back here instead of keeping residence in LA? Of course, I know nobody is going to answer any of these questions, but I don't expect it, because most supporters tend to dodge them.
May 6, 2012, 11:04 am
John from Ditmas Park says:
Hey Taz--- Pleasantville ain't in Brooklyn. Yet your anti-RatnerRants and presumed concern with developments in Brooklyn occupy a lot of space on these boards. One can be "of" a place and not live "in" a place.
May 6, 2012, 10:07 pm
Ed from Sunset park says:
Tal Barzilai is a washed up has been. I heard it from all her friends on Long Island.
May 7, 2012, 10:28 am
James Brolin from West Coast says:
Stop Raining on Tal's parade, will ya?
May 7, 2012, 3:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, learn to spell my name right, and you can always copy and paste it, plus I am a man, not a woman. Ratner has a history of living off of the taxpayer dime for many of his projects including this arena. In reality, he has no care of for Brooklyn or even the Nets in that matter. All he really cares about is just have more pieces of real estate, and he doesn't care about what he has to do to get it even if it would involve murder. For this project, he sidestepped ULURP, which is what he had to use originally to get this, and used SEQRA to get it passed, especially when most of the local politicians and community boards opposed almost unanimously. When Ratner won't give you the jobs or housing he promised you, don't go crying to me for that, because you claimed to have his word. BTW, it's the state that's funding for this in which my tax dollars are being used for this, so this is my issues, and I wish not to give anything to fund it. If you want to learn the real story, then see the great film, Battle for Brooklyn, because it states the real story, and if you don't, you probably have good connections with FCR.
May 7, 2012, 4:06 pm
JD123 from Prospect Heights says:
Tal Barzilai is a hater, a bitter, sorry example of a man.
July 22, 2012, 1:34 pm

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