Barclays bar fray: Neighbors angry about Jay-Z bar’s late last call

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Rap mogul Jay-Z will open a sprawling, high-end sports bar inside the Barclays Center — but neighbors have 99 problems with a plan to serve booze until 2 am at the posh lounge.

The Brooklyn-born superstar plans to launch a Kings County version of his popular Manhattan venue the 40/40 Club inside the new Nets arena, complete with a 350-seat restaurant and a space for events.

“There is no better home for [it],” Jay-Z said last week.

But frustrated neighbors claim Barclays Center operators evaded mandatory public review by applying for a single liquor license for the entire arena — and only revealing their plan to allow “luxury” vendors such as the 40/40 Club to sell booze until 2 am after gaining the endorsement of Community Board 6.

By avoiding mention of the late last call at high-end clubs and private suites, the arena avoided scrutiny, said Park Slope resident Steve Ettinger.

“Barclays withheld information — and violated the letter and the spirit of the law,” Ettinger said. “They should be held accountable.”

Barclays Center spokeswoman Mandy Gutmann said the 18,200-seat stadium qualifies as a venue that requires only a single liquor license even though it will house multiple booze vendors.

“The license we are seeking is for all establishments in the arena,” she said.

The planned 40/40 Club will open by Septembers near a stretch of private suites overlooking the court with 36 TVs and a food menu. The lounge will not seek a cabaret license for dancing and it’s unclear if the venue will have bottle service, which it offers at its Manhattan branch.

Lauren Menache, a spokeswoman for the 40/40 Club, could not be reached for comment by press time.

Neighbors of the soon-to-open home of the Brooklyn Nets have protested several planned bars around the arena, fearing unruly hoops fans will keep them up at night after games.

Some Park Slope residents plan to storm a June 20 State Liquor Authority hearing to voice their displeasure with the proposed 2 am last call for alcohol at high-end concessions and luxury boxes.

Fans in the bleachers won’t be able to buy beer after the start of the fourth quarter, following standard NBA policy.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Allowing people to have alcohol late at night is a bad idea for the neighborhood. Many of those people will be leaving their garbage all over or even throwing up on their doorsteps. Seriously, this arena by itself is a bad idea especially being by a residential area. It should be closed even earlier than that, because the LIRR doesn't even operate after 2 AM, so anyone going on that will be stranded there for two hours until it opens again. Like other bars, they will probably be blasting noise late at night despite being told not to.
June 18, 2012, 3:59 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- There are a lot of bars in the area... and, guess what, why is everyone taking the LIRR??! This is Brooklyn. People live in Brooklyn and other parts of the city you know.... they don't just visit it or make comments about it from Pleasantville 50 miles away.

By the way, Tal, have I mentioned lately that you're stupid? You are ya know. If you were lovable and stupid, you would almost be bearable. But you're not.

(Yes, personal attack... Oh god.)
June 18, 2012, 8:24 pm
JMPW from Clinton Hill says:
Dear Jay-Z,

These Brooklynites do not speak for me.


A Brooklynite
June 19, 2012, 6:51 am
JMPW from Clinton Hill says:
If it weren't this, it would be something, Park Slope. Let's just call it what it is. We know ya'll don't really like black people.
June 19, 2012, 6:56 am
Patrick from Prospect Heights says:
Hey JMPW, tell that to CB8, y'know, the not-exactly-white-Community-Board who is PO'd about this they're showing up to object to this bait & switch.

And thanks for the reminder that racists come in all colors
June 19, 2012, 8:17 am
Charles from PS says:
A community standing up to misrepresentation and fraud is not racist. Oh, and by the way JMPW, Park Slope was and is one of the few non-racist neighborhoods in the city. Of note JMPW, jealously turned to anger is unattractive.

The developer of the arena, the politicians who supported it and the MTA are solely to blame for this outrageous land grab and abuse of eminent domain, and the inappropriate use of this residential (RESIDENTIAL) neighborhood. They should be denied their liquor license.
June 19, 2012, 12:25 pm
"Inter from Kent Ave says:
People like Steve Ettinger, Tal Barzilai and Charles are clearly losers who would not be granted entry into the 40/40.

Also Charles - This is the stupidest thing that I have ever read on one of these boards.
"Oh, and by the way JMPW, Park Slope was and is one of the few non-racist neighborhoods in the city."
June 19, 2012, 3:26 pm
Working Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Crack, alcohol, what's the difference? If you don't got money, you don't got a vote on the issue.
June 19, 2012, 8:50 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wouldn't want to go to that bar anyway. I am not an alcoholic to begin with. It wasn't that they were against having a bar, they were against having one that won't act accordingly with the area. BTW, there will be a hearing that you all can attend tommorow over at 7 PM at 317 Lenox Avenue over in Manhattan, which is in Harlem for some reason. According to Brooklyn Speaks, who has no affilations with DDDB, they want no sale of beer at games after 10 PM, which is by NBA rules, as well as not allowing for late night clubs until a full plan has been done for the public. Enough with the black and white here.
June 19, 2012, 10:10 pm
ty from pps says:
Charles --
It's doesn't seem like a purely residential neighborhood, after all there's a big arena in the middle o it.

Tal --
Do you think the dozens and dozens of bars in the surrounding area all close early?? Have I mentioned that you are stupid lately? How many golf balls have you been hit by in Pleasantville, where you live.
June 20, 2012, 9:15 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, the only one right now who sounds ignorant on this is you. Before the arena came and even before any demolition or groundbreaking, this was a residential area for the most part. Even the rest of the surrounding area is residential. My guess is that you have either never been to this area before it all happened or have some connections with Forest City Ratner. At least Charles lives around that area and knows what it really is unlike you ty. BTW, would you be support this project if this was built on your property or near it let alone on or near someone you know? I would love to hear your reaction to that, which many other supporters either responded by either acting defensive or giving me the cold shoulder.
June 20, 2012, 2:07 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh gawd, Tal. If you can't see that my comment to Charles was a friggin' joke, you are even more stupid than I thought.

Now the comment to you.... yes, it was a residential area. A residential area WITH BARS. And very few golf balls to hit you in the head. Are you still dizzy?
June 20, 2012, 2:59 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I don't ever see that as a joke ty, not ever. Hundreds were forced to leave even if they weren't putting up their places for sale. The reason it has been regarded as an eminent domain abuse is because a level of government was taking land to give it to a private owner, not a public owner, which is not what is defined by eminent domain, and I suggest you read the 5th amendment of the US Constitution on that. At least the bars that were there such as Freddy's Bar and Backroom, coperated with the neighborhood, not went against it. If you are still living under a rock on this, the are was never rezoned, the state overriden the zoning laws for that area to allow for the arena and other buildings, so it's still there. On a side note, that statement was very insulting and really crossed the line there, showing how much you can't seem to make a debate without attacking the person directly.
June 20, 2012, 3:44 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- you're entire being is very insulting to me. There is no 'debating' with you, Tal.
June 20, 2012, 4:26 pm
ty from pps says:
(you're --> your... I don't want any misunderstanding about my insult)
June 20, 2012, 5:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
who is being insulting, Ty? You have been attacking me personally and cyberimposturing me for the past 2 years, when all I do is speak the truth and/or the viewpoint of the taxpaying, hardworking moral majority, as opposed to the bike zealout viewpoint of streetsblogger ilk. As for alcoholism, I don't drink b/c it makes you stupid and I don't think bars should be allowed to keep up people until all hours in the night just because the patrons have nothing better to do the next day except maybe go out for a belated bikeride on some taxpayer-funded bikelane. Stop crossing the line with your attacks or you might find you'reself on the end of a lawsuit, Ty.
June 21, 2012, Noon
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Speak Truth to Power! You are Pleasantville's answer to Gloria Steinem.

If you don't drink, what made you stupid... Just the golf balls hitting you in the head?
June 21, 2012, 1:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Nice try ty, I wasn't even here yesterday, so cut the impersonations.
June 22, 2012, 10:37 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
That couldn't have been me posting at 11:37 b/c I was at home, watching old reruns of "The Waltons" while shaving my legs at that time. Ty, I know it is you so just quit it.
June 23, 2012, 9:58 pm

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