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March 3, 2012

Late-night noise complaints (from Atlantic Yards Watch) and arena sal(i)vation (from the Post Sports page) regarding college hoops

Atlantic Yards Report

If you read Atlantic Yards Watch, life isn't so lovely near the Atlantic Yards construction site. One neighbor on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues recently reported "Heavy pounding every ten seconds or so that shook our bed." That was at 3:30 am.

Another, in the same area, reported "incessant hammering" at 10:45 pm: "Young children are woken from their sleep, or cannot get to sleep because of all the noise!"

Another filmed, a dump truck blocking northbound traffic on Sixth Avenue and endangering those northbound drivers and bicyclists who must veer into the southbound lane.

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No matter. There's no section of the newspaper devoted to neighborhood quality of life, but there is one devoted to sports--or, as Bettina Damiani of Good Jobs New York aptly told Congress, "sports entertainment corporations":

Although sports entertainment corporations have an entire section of every day’s newspaper devoted to them, the Yankees and the Mets are, we must always remember, privately owned entertainment corporations. It’s discouraging that officials are confusing teams with public goods like parks, water and transit that are essential to the city’s public health and economic vitality.

Now college sports are not formally "sports entertainment corporations," but when you add in the sponsorship and endorsement deals for big-time programs, and the astronomical salaries for coaches, they pretty much qualify. Take Lenn Robbins' breathless New York Post column today, Brooklyn's Barclays Center set to become hoops heaven:

Later this year, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a stunning basketball cathedral, will open. The Barclays Center isn’t trying to kid anyone — the Garden is the Garden — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another elite hoops address, another court where kids, especially those in the greatest borough, the County of Kings, can dream about making that highlight basket or buzzer-beater.

...Barclays already announced Kentucky, which could be the reigning national champion, will play Maryland in the inaugural Barclays Center Classic on Nov. 9. LIU-Brooklyn and Morehead State will be the second game of a national/local doubleheader [Nets/arena CEO Brett] Yormark said is the flavor he wants to serve on a consistent basis.

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Posted by steve at March 3, 2012 11:10 PM