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June 7, 2012

Praise the Lord! Barclays Center Christened as Gospel's New Home

by Leslie Albrecht

If bulls**t was profits, however, Forest City would have reported record earnings!

Hallelujah — gospel has a new home at the Barclays Center.

Though most know the new arena as headquarters for the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, officials christened the Barclays Center on Thursday as New York's gospel music headquarters at a tambourine-shaking press event complete with a rousing choir performance that had Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner clapping along from his pew.

It was nearly eight years ago that The House of the Lord church hosted another press conference, where officials from Forest City Ratner Companies and the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance announced that they had hammered out a Community Benefits Agreement to guarantee that locals would benefit from the Atlantic Yards development, said the church's pastor, Rev. Herbert Daughtry.

With the arena now poised to open in September, Daughtry praised Ratner for delivering on promised amenities like a health center and meditation room at the new arena.

[The Rev. Al Sharpton echoed those comments. "I can say without contradiction that Bruce Ratner has lived up to everything he said and more," Sharpton said to a hearty round of applause. "He is an example of what corporate accountability and partnership is all about."


NoLandGrab: We're betting that "Bruce Ratner has lived up to everything he said and more" means the Reverend Al's check from Forest City must've cleared.

Related coverage...

The Brooklyn Blog [NYPost.com], Brooklyn’s Barclays Center dubbed New York’s new 'Home of Gospel'

Grammy award-winning gospel great Hezekiah Walker joined arena officials at the House of the Lord Church on Atlantic Avenue to announce that he and his Love Fellowship Choir will be performing his “A Night of Hope” concert at Barclays Center on December 10.

“I grew up in Fort Greene, and it was always a dream of mine for a major venue in Brooklyn to become the home for gospel music -- now it’s a reality,” Walker said. “Barclays Center will be the place where the top gospel artists come to perform. I can’t wait to perform there myself.”

Posted by eric at June 7, 2012 7:08 PM