OWS and Brooklyn Community Groups Protest Opening of the Barclays Center
On September 27th, 2012 a small group of dwindling Occupy Wall Street protesters left the Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan near once famed Zucotti Park for a march to Barclays Center. The group of around thirty people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and up Atlantic Ave to the new arena. There they joined forces with a group of about two hundred people to protest the opening of Barclays. They held a candle lit vigil and voiced concerns with community leaders and local politicians regarding long-term affects of the arena. The main concerns were traffic issues and soaring rent prices mixed with the fear of yet another Brooklyn community becoming gentrified and unaffordable. The protest lasted until 8:30pm. The Barclays Center officially opened the following day.