Brooklyn's resurgence is old news by now, but it's still producing new surprises. When MTV's Video Music Awards roll into New York on Aug. 25, it won't be hitting usual haunts Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall. Instead, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Daft Punk will be gracing Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Barclays has hosted A-list acts since it opened last September -- during the first half of 2013 it sold more tickets than any other U.S. arena -- but the VMAs' global TV audience makes it a coming-out party for both the arena and Brooklyn's renaissance.

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