NY Islanders Moving To Brooklyn

by Vinny on October 24, 2012

Well what was just a rumor is now becoming the truth as the Islanders have made it official that they are moving into the new Barclays arena!

From the press release

New York Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang and Barclays Center Majority Owner and Developer Bruce Ratner announced today that the Islanders will be relocating to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 25-year agreement begins for the 2015-16 season, subject to National Hockey League approval.

The announcement was made at a press conference in the GEICO Atrium at Barclays Center, which was also attended by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark.

The New York Islanders name and logo will remain when the team relocates to Brooklyn.

“It was our goal from day one to keep the Islanders in the local New York area.” Wang said. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to play in a first class arena like Barclays Center. This has been a long journey for the Islanders family starting with our loyal fans, sponsors and employees. I want to personally thank them for their patience, loyalty and support. I am excited about today’s announcement and look forward to a long and successful future in Brooklyn.”

“We are delighted to welcome the Islanders to Brooklyn and to bring NHL hockey to the borough for the first time,” Ratner said. “Eleven subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road come directly to Barclays Center at Atlantic Terminal, offering great accessibility for current and future Islander fans. I want to thank Charles for his determination in keeping the team in New York and for having the vision to bring his club to Brooklyn.”

“Barclays Center will offer the Islanders with an exciting opportunity to grow their fan base and to build their brand,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said. “Islander fans are going to love Barclays Center for its intimacy, sightlines, Brooklyn Taste culinary program, and customer service. We look forward to opening our doors for the Islanders and bringing the best in sports and entertainment to Brooklyn.”

Barclays Center will hold 14,500 seats for Islander games. Current Islander season ticket holders will have first rights to purchase season tickets in Brooklyn.”

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The Dollyrots at the Knitting Factory

by Vinny on September 29, 2012

On a Tuesday in October the Dollyrots will be coming to Brooklyn. This Tuesday October 2nd The Dollyrots along with Prima Donna will be invading Williamsburg’s The Knitting Factory playing their gritty style of punk rock that makes you want to yell for more when they are done.

This will be the second time we will see The Dollyrots at the Knitting factory. They played an amazing set here last year in support of their “A little messed up” album. The new “Self Titled” album is slightly different than the previous record and has a much stronger edge to it. This album was made for the fans and by the fans using a Kickstarter campaign but I have a feeling it is the album that Kelly and Luis have always wanted to make. Here is the first video off the album “Hyperactive”

This album needs to be played in order to appreciate the ride it gives you. In some ways it reminds me of the way I use to play Meatloafs “Bat out of Hell” over and over again on my 8-track back in the summer of 1978. Once I put this album on it automatically goes on repeat all and plays over and over.

Like the lyrics say in the song “Hyperactive” – “All we are living for is to die so lets enjoy the ride” This album produces so many journeys along the way. We go from “Satellites” to “South of the Border with a little bit of Los Angeles feel along the way. “Kelly’s bass playing is amazing on this album. She often gets overlooked because of her amazing vocals but on this album the bass really stands out. It could be due to then bringing back John Fields who produced a couple of the earlier Dollyrots albums. Her steady bass lines lets Luis explore with some loud and cutting edge riffs and how it all holds up together is amazing.

While I could go on and on about why I will be at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday night I will just let you see for yourself.

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