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Barclays Center Looks Downright Lush From Way Up

By Leslie Albrecht | October 5, 2016 11:09am

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Its rusty tortoise-shaped hull drew some snickers when the Barclays Center opened four years ago, but seen from above, the arena looks like an emerald in the urban rough.

The Barclays Center's green roof stands out as the second most prominent grassy spot — second only to Prospect Park — in a shot of Park Slope taken from high above the city by Daily Overview.

The green roof was planted in part to deaden sound from concerts. It looks like an expanse of grass from afar, but it's actually made up of 135,000 separate trays of vegetation called sedum.

The roof, designed to give a more appealing view to locals and residents of the new towers rising around the arena, also sports a Barclays Center logo, which isn't visible in this photo from a satellite hundreds of miles up.

The aerial view of Park Slope also reveals one of the neighborhood's private green spaces: the bucolic courtyard inside the Ansonia Court apartments at 420 12th St. (on Seventh Avenue).

Once a huge clock factory, the building became artists' lofts in the 1970s. Today it's a condo complex where apartments cost $1.5 million and up. The price tag includes access to the gated garden that's nearly invisible from street level.

A few blocks away is another eye-catching sight: the Park Slope Armory dwarfing its surroundings on Eighth Avenue and 15th Street. The former military building looms over nearby structures. It's easy to see from this vantage point how the Army fit a shooting range deep beneath the fortress-like building.

And the line between Gowanus is Park Slope is unmistakable: the big box buildings west of 4th Avenue look completely different from the endless rowhouses of the Slope.

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