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Controversial venue opens Red Auerbach Jersey with Friday concert, attracting thousands of Jay-Z fans and a few diehard protesters Jay-Z on stage at the Center. Photograph: Carlo Allegri Reuters New is already known for mega-venues like Square Garden and tiny cult spaces like Joe’s Pub and the Blue Note, but now a new name has been added to the list: the Center. The controversial rust-coloured arena, which faced years of protest before it was built, opened the heart of Brooklyn on Friday night as rapper Jay-Z held its inaugural concert. The vast space attracted thousands of fans – and a few diehard protesters – to its first event, crowding the tight network of residential streets around the huge building. Tonight is a celebration of the borough where I’m from. Welcome to my house, Jay-Z, a Brooklyn native, told the crowd before he began his set. The sold-out gig was the first of planned concerts at the Center, which promoters have hailed as a way of rehabilitating downtown Brooklyn and critics have said destroy a vibrant local community. Other big names set to play there coming months include Bob and Barbara Streisand. The arena also be the new home of basketball team the Nets, bringing American team sports to Brooklyn for the first time since baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers Reggie Lewis Jersey left for southern California 1957. The first game the billion dollar state-of-the- complex, which can seat 18 people, be on 1 November against rivals the New Knicks. That game end more than half a century of sporting drought for Brooklynites, who have seen other franchises play the Bronx, Manhattan and – horror! – even New Jersey instead of Brooklyn. However, the Center has opened the face of determined protests. It is the first stage the massive Atlantic Yards development, which is heavily subsidised with public money and represents the biggest development ever tried Brooklyn. However, proposed housing towers on the site, complete with affordable units for local residents, have yet to materialise, raising concerns that the needs of corporations and profits for developers have been put far ahead of the interests of the local community.

Taking a keen interest food… Brown eating fish and chips with 2001 Photograph: Argles Guardian Brown would whip up a Chequers steak pie for the Scottish athlete Eric Liddell, immortalised the classic film Chariots of Fire, while David would take the time to slow roast a shoulder of lamb for recipient Johnson Beharry. The prime minister and Conservative Party leader have revealed the recipes they would serve up to personal heroes for a cookbook designed to raise money for Help the Heroes, a set up to help wounded military personnel. gained his sporting fame at Edinburgh University, Brown writes the book, and if the food was the same as it was days there, he would have approved of hearty fare like the Chequers pie. His recipe sees him cooking up beef steak, onion, celery, carrot and leek – with a dash of Worcestershire sauce – to create the pie’s filling, which is then covered with puff pastry, brushed with egg and cooked until. ‘s recipe is a little spicier, with two red chillies and a bottle of red wine adding a touch of zing to his lamb roast. More than 80 people have contributed to the book, with around 40 servicemen and women providing recipes alongside Brown, and other politicians and personalities including Ewan, Worrall Thompson, Forsyth, Holmes and Fry. The book is the brainchild of squadron leader Jon Pullen, who was moved by the plight of wounded soldiers Iraq that he decided to raise money for Help the Heroes. I thought, ‘are you going to lie a bath of beans to try and raise £125, or are you going to do something different?’ he said. I didn’t want to beg, I wanted to raise £100, which be slightly challenging. The first celebrity to sign up was, who revealed he would cook his mum’s beef and casserole for American actor. Jonny Wilkinson would put together a healthy-sounding spicy chicken pitta pocket, complete with almonds and apricots, for his hero Payton, the Chicago Bears running back. Hatton, meanwhile, plumped for boxer Duran – but as everybody knows I can’t even boil egg, what I would do is take to local cafe the Butty Box Hyde, and let the girls do the cooking while we have a chat and a brew, he writes. All profits from the book, which goes on sale for £14 on Armed Forces Day, 27 June, go to. Military chefs are cooking all the recipes the book to make sure they’re up to scratch, said Pullen – some, he added, needed a little doctoring. Brown appears to be suddenly and strangely busy as a food writer. This is the third contribution to a cookbook revealed by the prime minister this week. The Daily Mail reports that he has given his recipe for vegetable and mozzarella parcels to the Saints and Celebs Cookbook, raising money for All Saint’s Parish Church Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He has also penned a hymn to rumbledethumps, a Scottish version of bubble and squeak, for Donaldson’s School for the Deaf Edinburgh.