Community board wants to redraw district to include Barclays Center

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Barclays Center has become the crossroads of Brooklyn, but even most Brooklynites aren’t sure exactly what neighborhood the arena belongs to.

“I think it’s in Flatbush,” said Brandon Cordy of Flatbush.

But Andre Cleghorn of East Flatbush disagreed: “I think this is kind of like Fort Greene still.”

“There’s a bunch of cross streets around it, so it’s pretty tough,” said John Raphael of Canarsie.

The truth is Barclays Center lies on the border of several neighborhoods, but technically it’s part of Prospect Heights. Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 is trying to clear up a bit of the confusion by redrawing district lines.

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Many are surprised to learn that the Barclay’s Center is technically in Prospect Heights.

The Community Board charter, established back in 1994, allows for district lines to be reevaluated once every decade. So this year CB 2, which represents Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn among other neighborhoods, wants to redraw district lines to include Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards.

The move would pull the arena away from Community Boards 6 and 8, but some say the move makes sense.

“I mean I think everybody from Brooklyn considers this Downtown Brooklyn. I don’t think they consider this Prospect Heights by any means,” said Cleghorn.

Community Board 2 says making one board completely responsible for the entire project will keep boards from pointing the finger at one another. But Community Boards 6 and 8 will likely have to agree on new boundaries before the City agrees to redraw any of the district lines.

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