6. For Businesses, Nothing Is Black and White
Everyone in Brooklyn isn't excited about the presence of the Barclays Center, as the rent increases caused by the arena is driving many of the oldest businesses out of the area surrounding the arena. There are obvious winners like the Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee's, located in a shopping center across the street from Barclays, as well as a parking garage near the arena. Another winner is the Modell's Sporting Goods directly across the street, where the new logo unveiling took place. It's currently undergoing renovations, and Nets merchandise should start flying off of the shelves as soon as those are complete. So long as the team wins. The owner of Flatbush Avenue's Atrium + Kith, admits that the store's opening during the Barclays Center construction was all by design. Atrium + Kith will begin selling Nets gear as well, in addition to its "high end, urban" fashion.
Other businesses are less than thrilled about the coming of the Barclays Center. The manager of Crest Pharmacy, which has called Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street home since 1999, expects a dramatic increase in rent in the next couple of years due to the presence of the arena. The Furniture House is moving after 21 years on Flatbush Avenue, and the owner said that every business in a two block radius was forced to move due to the swell of new restaurants and bars popping up in the neighborhood. Sadly, Triangle Sports was forced to close its doors after nearly a century of business. No one will argue that downtown Brooklyn is changing thanks to the Barclays Center, but everyone won't agree that it's for the better.