Brooklyn's long-delayed sports village has unveiled its first finished project. Officials were concerned that an L.A. bridge demolition would snarl traffic on one of the nation's busiest highways. At Long Last, Brooklyn Sports Arena Opens Brooklyn Nets co-owner Bruce Ratner, developer of the $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards, initially expected to have Barclays Center ready for the 2007 basketball season. But after surviving major obstacles, the arena opened on its latest schedule and budget on Sept. 28. The $1.1-million arena's hard cost is $524 million; its soft cost is $182 million. Site acquisition and sitework cost $153 million. Financing cost $135 million,
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.