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The behemoth now has a roof, some mirrored panels, and traffic all around. Don’t believe the NY Times, either. There isn’t NY Nets fever all around the borough.

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The Barclays Center is taking shape, getting larger and more filled in. There are still many un-rented stores nearby, but you get the feeling it’s all going to start coming together in a few months.

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The roof is on the Barclays Center, future home of Brooklyn’s professional basketball team. They are supposed to play next season… but in case you haven’t heard, there’s going to be a BIG parking problem. If you insist on driving, you are advised to find a parking space now.

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Dekalb Market, which opens next weekend, is on the other side of the fence. The outside looks pretty good, but the website is a heap of gobbledegook, so I can’t tell you what to expect. Something about curated Farmers and Artists… but isn’t the staff at Junior’s curated, too?

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This was the last weekend that Brooklyn Flea was inside the Williamsburg Bank Building for the cooler months. Starting next weekend it will be outside, in Ft. Greene on Saturdays, Williamsburg on Sundays – check out the vendors, hours, and other details at brooklynflea.com. This collection of tiny boxing gloves was the best thing I saw. A pair would make a nice gift for a pugilistic kitty.

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The sports arena, at eye-level, doesn’t look quite as grand when you see the wood and metal that go into its construction. By next season, the Nets are scheduled to play ball in their new home.

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The best way to check out the construction on the Barclays Center is to buy some crappy food at the Atlantic Mall Target and then nab a window seat. Work is coming along, but I want to know what’s going to happen to all the people and cars when there’s a game. Traffic flow around here has never been smooth.

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The pedestrian area at Times Plaza, across from Atlantic Mall, has been widened, probably to control traffic in anticipation of the completion of Barclays Center. The asphalt has been decorated with a large rose the color of a basketball.

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In the early 1930’s, Floyd Bennett Field was one of the busiest airports in the country. Now it’s part of Gateway National Recreational Area, and used by diverse groups. The beach is a filthy mess, but the area is great for wandering. The Gil Hodges Bridge is in the distance. (Watch the bridge webcam here.)

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The lesson here is not to fall for sales and mark-downs. A pound of pasta for $1.32 is not an outstanding price. Watch your step, too.

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