Home Uncategorized Talk of the Rolling Stones Is Buzz of the Barclay Arena

Well, everyone who works at the Barclay Arena in Brooklyn knows the Rolling Stones are coming. They’re just sure when. Everyone I spoke to said the same thing: the dates are not firm. Even with tickets going on sale soon for London and Newark, the Brooklyn arrangements have not been finalized.

So what’s the Barclay like? It’s beautiful. The staff could not be nicer. So nice, too nice. You know you’ve left New York. There’s a great vibe. People are happy to be there. They have excellent free WiFi, and have deals in place with all the major phone carriers. The food is good, too.

You can go there by subway. Many trains arrive underneath the Barclay. I took the B train from 42nd St. and Sixth Avenue. It was a 22 minute ride.

But going home is another story. After the initial rush, the trains back to Planet Earth–aka Manhattan–do not come often. There was a long, long wait. And no guarantee of getting the train that brought you there. The Barclay-Atlantic Ave subway station could also use some more escalators.

All in all, though, the Nets fans will be happy. And the Rolling Stones will find no doom or gloom there. Book it already!

PS Sound was excellent. Bands will be very happy. Even Rush.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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