September 21, 2012
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Ron Schweiger, Brooklyn’s official borough historian, at his home where he has an extensive Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia collection on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. After decades without a professional sports team following the Dodgers move west, Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise. Schweiger says the new stadium will help replace the sense of loss felt longtime residents for many years after the Dodgers left.

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Ebbets Field Apartments, once home to the Brooklyn Dodgers and now home to thousands, is viewed from where second base would have been, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After decades without a professional sports team following the Dodgers move west, Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise.

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Jerome Stewart, 15, wears a Brooklyn Nets cap as he walks home from school past the Ebbets Field Apartments, home of the former Brooklyn Dodgers, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. “I used to be a Knicks fan” said Stewart, “but switched to the Nets.” After decades without a professional sports team after the Dodgers moved west, Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ basketball franchise.

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Ebbets Field Apartments, once home to the Brooklyn Dodgers and now home to thousands, is viewed from where second base would have been, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After decades without a professional sports team following the Dodgers move west, Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise.

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Fred Wilken, 72, and his wife Linda Wilken, 70, prepare to have a meal on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Wilken recalled as a boy going to see Jackie Robinson play with the Brooklyn Dodgers at nearby Ebbets Field, now a sprawling high-rise apartment complex. He moved away from the area and stop going to ball games after the Dodgers moved west decades ago. Now Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise.

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Eric Johnson, left, 19, and Mario Volcin, 23, play basketball in the Jackie Robinson Playground as the Ebbets Field apartments looms in the background, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ebbets Field, home to the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball decades ago, became a sprawling residential complex to thousands after the Dodgers moved west. Now Brooklyn is hitting the major leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise.

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A mural recalling the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, shows signs of decay on the wall of a subway station on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The mural is a short walk from Ebbets Field, where the Dodgers played and now a sprawling apartment complex to thousands after the team moved west decades ago. Now Brooklyn is back in the professional leagues again with a new arena and the Brooklyn Nets’ NBA franchise.

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FILE - In this aerieal file photo of July 27, 2011, construction of the Barclays Center is underway for the new home of the Nets basketball team in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, after decades without a professional sports team, New York City�s ascendant borough is hitting the major leagues again - but this time it�s basketball, not baseball, that�s taking over.

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Brooklyn Nets basketball player Brook Lopez walks onto the floor of the Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn’s newest arena and the team’s new home, after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in New York. The ceremony marked the official unveiling of the arena, the first building that is part of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.