At first, I was not sure if the subway was best the way to go to get to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn from Manhattan, so I hired a car. As the Barclay Center came into view from the rear seat of my car, I was immediaitely impressed by its sofiticated look, with its curved lines and edgy feel. The royal blue lighting that cascaded down from the roof to the entrance graced the building with an almost astral feel, as if it were floating in air above the booming and jammed packed streets of Brooklyn.
What a night I was anticipating! Barbra was back to her roots and was expected to give the performance of her life. This arena, seemed almost too appropriate for this milestone concert. The whole experience from the moment I stepped foot out of the car to the very end of the concert was not only what I hoped it would be,but more than I could ever have dreamt of. The entrances were spacous and entering the complex was very easy, even with the tight security patrol checking everyone as they entered. Once inside, the immaculately clean concourse of the Barclay Center was jammed with food and beverage stands. There was no wait time to get a drink. Even though the drinks were pricey, $10.50 for a pint of draft beer, it was well worth it.
Entrance to the seating area was a breeze, and for 20, 000 seat arena that is no easy feat. What I was absolutely thrilled about was that the seats were big enough for a grown person to sit comfortably, with plenty of leg room and arm room to relax and enjoy the show. The view was stupendous and the sound quality was AAA. Navigating the bathroom was a breeze and there was no wait time to use the facilities! Yahooo!
The show itself, and Barbra, were both magnificant. Words cannot describe the thrill of seeing her perform live again. It was as if time stood still, and for a brief few hours there was no strife or grief in the world, just harmonious happiness brought about by the pure joy of seeing and listening to the most incredible talent of our time!
The subway back to Manhattan was a breeze to find and to get on. Steps from the main entrance of the Barclay Center are the entrances to the subway and all the numerous trains that stop at the Barclay Station!
Whatever the occassion, get yourself to the Barclay Center! You will not be disappointed and time for you, as it did for me, while I was there, will stop for a brief few moments and you will find as I did, that I was truly at peace with myself and the world! What an experience! Now go, and have some fun!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you brave and wonderful New Yorkers in your time of recovery. As a survivor of Katrina and the 6 most horrible days of my life, I know what you are going through right now! A big shout out to all my family and friens in CT and NJ too!
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