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May 1, 2012

Brooklyn-born Barbra Streisand said to play Barclays Center; concerts would be first big performances in NYC since 2006

Atlantic Yards Report

A nice Brooklyn bubbe will be playing the Barclays Center in October.

Hip-hop star Jay-Z may be opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a concert on September 28, but another generation's Brooklyn supernova, eight-time Grammy Award winner Barbra Streisand, is said to be performing more than once at the new arena not long afterward.

The concerts have not been formally announced, but unconfirmed word leaked on ESPN, which reported February 29 that the Streisand dates would be sandwiched around an October 20 boxing event, and on Simply-Showbiz.com, which on March 26 said Streisand would launch her new tour in Brooklyn.

On April 26, Borough President Marty Markowitz, nearly bursting with anticipation, floated a hint, suggesting at a press conference that "the best is yet to come."

The next day, City Council Member Letitia James was more specific, dropping an aside at a public meeting: "Barbra Streisand has a couple of days" at the arena. (James wouldn't comment further.)

I sent a query to Streisand's spokesman Dick Guttman but didn't hear back. However, I had the news confirmed by multiple sources who wouldn't speak for attribution. Arena promoters likely have been holding the Babs-back-to-Brooklyn news for a big media splash.

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NoLandGrab: For those of you under 30 40, Barbra Streisand is a lot closer to Roger Green's 18,000-seat opera house concept than to anything you might have on your iPod.

Posted by eric at May 1, 2012 11:30 AM