Events: The Barclays Center [Home of the Brooklyn Nets] Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

This shit is awesome. Big up to Jay-Z for his involvement with this. Truly Inspiring.

With the snip of some giant shears, Brooklyn’s shiny $1 billion arena opened for business Friday — and a new era for the borough was ushered in.

The long-awaited Barclays Center’s debut began with plenty of hoopla and a cloud of confetti as jubilant mega-developer Bruce Ratner welcomed both swells and supporters to the centerpiece of his audacious plan to remake the heart of Brooklyn.

“We have a place where, for a few hours a day, a fan, a patron, a guest, can have their troubles left behind and they can be whooshed away for a couple hours,” he crowed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Barclays Center is the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Ratner said he was especially proud to be returning a pro sports team to a borough that hasn’t had one since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles 55 years ago.

“We needed to keep our promise to bring the first sports team to Brooklyn since 1957 and we did it,” a beaming Ratner said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov likened the opening of Barclays to the debut of the Brooklyn Bridge.

“Not everyone in their lifetime gets to enter a project that changes the face and the destiny of a city,” the Russian mogul said. “Maybe those who were at the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, they could say we saw a symbol being born. And I think we’re all witness to such an event.”

Ratner was also joined by allies like Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who ran interference for the controversial arena and the larger $4 billion Atlantic Yards project.

“This is going to send a loud and clear message that Brooklyn has arrived as a center of entertainment, thrilling big-time sports and thriving commerce,” Bloomberg said.

Then Ratner took everyone on a quickie tour of his creation — an 18,000 seat, 675,000-square-foot edifice that took about two-and-a-half years to build and will host its first Nets game on Nov. 1.

Fittingly, the Nets’ opponent will be the New York Knicks. For the Knicks, who play in Madison Square Garden, it will be an away game.

While the word Brooklyn appears nowhere on the brown metallic skin of the area, the borough’s brand is everywhere inside.

Famous names like Nathan’s hot dogs, Junior’s cheesecake and Brooklyn Brewery will be on tap, but visitors will also be able to buy meals from lesser-known Brooklyn outfits like the Avenue K Deli and BK Bangers & Dogs.

There are 2,000 cheap seats, costing $15, set aside for game days. But for the big shots, there are luxury suites with plush carpeting and black leather seats and hi-def TV’s that overlook the herringbone-pattered hardwood on which the Nets will play.

Ratner’s arena is built on what had once been a thriving Prospect Heights neighborhood and some of the people who fought the futile nine-year battle to forestall the wrecking ball held their own counter-demonstration outside.

Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, who is one of those who lost his home, said they will hold Ratner to his promises of providing thousands of “permanent jobs” and hundreds of affordable housing units to the area.

Asked if he would ever consider going to a Nets game, Goldstein replied, “No (expletive) way.”

Ratner has created 2,000 post-construction jobs, but only 200 of them are full-time. He said they will be breaking ground soon on the first of 16 skyscrapers slated for the 22-acre site — and that half of the 363 apartments in that 32-story building will be for low- and middle-income tenants.

mmorales@nydailynews.com

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-new-barclays-center-opens-business-a-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-article-1.1164856#ixzz278fzoB9W

Dopeness: Cassette to mp3 iPhone 4S Converter

I know the iPhone 5 just came out but this is dope…

Dig up your old mix-tapes and get ready to reminisce… This device converts audio tape cassettes into MP3 files and stores them directly onto an iPhone or iPod touch. It accepts most iPhones and iPod touches, and normal or chrome cassette tapes. With its free app, conversion to MP3 is as simple as inserting a cassette, docking an iPhone or iPod touch, and pressing play. Tapes can be listened to using the headphones jack (headphones required) or by connecting its audio output to a stereo system for scanning forward or reverse to select tracks for conversion. $79.95



G14: Flaunt Magazine x Rashida Jones

Source: Global14

American actress, comic book author, screenwriter and occasional singer Rashida Jones is the subject of a new Flaunt Magazine shoot entitled Tongue-Tied and Twisted. In a departure from her usual tomboy Parks & Recreation wardrobe, the Harvard graduate looks stunning, perched above Sunset Boulevard in lingerie and see-through shirts. The article also states she tied a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue on set, right before segueing into a California Quail bird call…

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Ostrich Pillows

LOL! Y’all all know how much I love to sleep. I will definitely be purchasing this!!!!

The Ostrich Pillow started of as a prototype and first went viral on the web at the beginning of this year. Now, with the help of kickstarter it might become a reality. Power napping increases productivity by 34%, and with this in mind the Ostrich Pillow was born – the perfect companion to nap, disconnect and dream. Your little private space within a public one, to relax and unwind. Crazy concept, but we love it. Watch the video

Dopeness: Bentley Signature Suite x St. Regis Hotel, NYC

This is some baller shit right here. Mannnnn!!!!

Bentley joins the likes of Dior and Tiffany as the debut their very own signature suite at the St. Regis New York. The 1,700 sq ft suite expands upon the plush luxury and and signature accoutrements of a Bentley interior with decorative details such as Bentley burled wood veneers, Breitling clocks, diamond quilted leather, and fittings and furnishing that emulate the car’s various jewel-like elements and components. And of course, what would a Bentley suite be without access to a Bentley automobile. Guests will have complimentary access to a 2013 Mulsanne within a 10 block radius of the hotel. More images of the Bentley Suite are available after the jump. Starting at $9,500 a night, St. Regis New York.