Brooklyn’s moment on the national stage is almost here.

The famed neighborhood of New York, home to Norman Mailer, Woody Allen and rapper Jay-Z, has always captured the public imagination as Manhattan’s neighbor of 2.5 million people.

Now the city is finally in the major leagues, overcoming a fight with neighbors that worked its way to the state’s Supreme Court. Ground was finally broken on the Ellerbe Becket-designed Barclays Center on March 11, 2009, and constructi...

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