Forest City Ratner
Skepticism generally dominates the landscape when it comes to the Islanders. But, if the latest report is true, it has to be viewed as a positive by fans and a potential new owner.
A news conference morphed into a pep rally Friday, as sports luminaries including Jason Kidd and John Calipari joined elected officials and business leaders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano called Forest City Ratner’s proposal the “best opportunity for Nassau County” at a Thursday press conference.
New York City has the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, and now it also has the world’s newest arena.
Even though it doesn’t open until September 28, Ratner feels it’s already a success. Events are booked for more than 200 nights.
The Barclays Center under construction at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn will become the home of the NBA’s Nets, and the fans will need somewhere to park their cars.
The Forest City Ratner company has decided to give out hundreds of rat-proof trash cans to a small part of the neighborhood in an effort to combat the problem.
Forest City Ratner, the developer behind Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and the Nets want to ensure car traffic won’t be an issue when the team makes their first official Prospect Heights tipoff in 2012.