Originally Posted by GoRapz
exactly how far away is Brooklyn from New York?
Here's a recap for the out of towners.
New York City is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.
Most of what out of towners think of NYC is Manhattan. That's where MSG is, that's where Times Square is, Empire State, all the big skyscrapers, Central Park, Wall STreet, Broadway, etc.
But many people live in the other four borroughs. Brooklyn is simply a subway ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn. And where the Nets will be playing is very easy to get to for the Manhattanites. It's only a half hour subway ride from Midtown Manhattan and only fifteen minutes from Downtown Manhattan.
But Brooklyn is Brooklyn. So many Manhattan people simply won't go there. But Brooklyn has probably 4 million people on its own. So it will get people to go to the games. (Although Brooklyn is lower-middle class mostly, while Manhattanites usually Upper-Middle Class and have more disposable income)...
To give you some perspective, the Knicks and Rangers play in MSG in Manhattan. The Yankees obviously play in the Bronx. The Mets play out in Queens. So the Nets will be the only professional sports team in Brooklyn, which wasn't represented yet. (Staten Island doesn't count).