There's no shortage of opinions on whether or not a sports stadium would thrive in brownstone brooklyn. But one school of thought that I always felt was missing was around this question: How many new brooklyn transplants care about sports? And does that amount to a factor that matters.
When the Islanders moved in, I felt the reaction around me was "Oh cool. A new thing in the neighborhood. Maybe I'll find out what a hockey game looks like". But I don't hear much, if anything about them now. Is it possible that our capacity for sports excitement was over anticipated? From where I stand, it's sure not the days of the brooklyn dodgers any more.