The Nets announced yesterday that Jay-Z will open the Brooklyn location of his 40/40 Club in the Barclays Center arena. The announcement states the 9,000-square foot venue will be ready for Jay-Z's opening night concert September 28. AYW estimates the capacity of the venue to be approximately 300 people.
The Brooklyn 40/40 club appears to follow the model of Jay-Z's other locations in Manhattan and Atlantic City. Those locations are open until 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM, respectively. At the Manhattan club, the schedule lists events that begin after 10:00 PM most nights of the week. If the Brooklyn location is covered by the liquor license currently under review by the State Liquor Authority, the Brooklyn location would presumably close at 2:00 AM based on a recent letter from Barclays Center's attorney to CB6.
40/40 Clubs in Atlantic City and Manhattan prominently feature bottle service. In recent months, proposals for new restaurants Prime 6 and Kemistry Lounge offering bottle service have found stiff resistance from local neighbors. At its May 2 general meeting, Community Board 6 denied Kemistry's application for a full liquor license. At the same meeting, CB6 granted conditional approval to the Barclays Center application based on representations made by Barclays Center management at an April public meeting that liquor service would end before the fourth quarter of NBA events. Since that time, it has been revealed that the Barclays Center would also operate clubs that will continue to serve alcohol up to one hour after events, as late as 2:00 AM. The 40/40 announcement comes less than a week before the second of two hearings in front of the State Liquor Authority regarding Barclays Center's license.
That these people have announced after hours activity should come as no surprise. No one connected to this project has ever given a damn about the community, and never will.
Don't expect the police to be any help, they clearly don't care either.
We can't even get the street sweepers to really do their job since there are always so many city vehicles parked all over the place, all of the time.
If I could get out, I would.