Travelling northbound on Fifth Avenue toward Flatbush Avenue, the Barclays Center now dominates the view, as the shape of the basketball arena that the Brooklyn-bound New Jersey Nets plan to call home in the 2012-2013 season takes form. In the midday heat, Atlantic Center is now cast in shadows from the steel frame as it continues to fly up.
Installation on the arena’s stadium seating has begun and work on the arena’s frame continues to move along. Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner expects to begin work on the façade as early as this month. Demolition and excavation still continues on the Long Island Railroad/Vanderbilt Yard side of the site. Later this summer, near the arena will go into affect in preparation for the arena’s opening season.
Every month, we'll take a look at the progress the work crews are making. As the Barclays Center and the rest of the development rise along neighborhood’s border, we'll take note as each beam is raised each wall is erected and each building demolished.