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June 17, 2015 - 1:06pm

Brooklyn Community Board 8 has received the following notice from Con Edison:

Con Edison will be installing new electric service on Dean Street between Carlton Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn. Con Edison will have a Full Roadway Closure for this street segment for us to complete this work. We will be starting this work on Tuesday, 6/23/15 instead of Monday, 06/22/2015 and will continue until Friday, 06/26/2015. The hours of the Full Roadway Closure will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Con Edison will be posting signs as per NYCDOT requirements and will adhere to all stipulations imposed by the NYCDOT.

The Con Edison contact person will be Ronald Robins at (917) 709-6280 throughout the duration of the intended work in association with the Full Roadway Closure.

Please call if you have any questions.

 



April 20, 2015 - 10:58am

ESD has published a schedule for Pacific Park Community Update meetings for the remainder of the year. The dates are:

  • May 12
  • June 24 (tentative)
  • August 19
  • October 14
  • December 9

All meetings will take place at 6:00PM at the Shirley Chisholm State Office Building, 55 Hanson Place, in the first floor conference room.

Community Update meeetings provide an opportunity for representatives of Greenland Forest City Partners to present plans for upcoming activities at the Atlantic Yards site, and for community members to ask questions and voice concerns.



February 2, 2015 - 10:05am

The next Atlantic Yards Quality of Life meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00PM. The meeting will take place at the Shirley Chisholm Office Building, 55 Hanson Place, in the first floor conference room.

Representatives of Forest City Ratner Companies will present an overview of the upcoming construction activities surrounding the project. Please plan to arrive promptly in order to provide time for presentations and questions and answers from the community members. If you have any questions please contact Nicole Jordan at atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.



November 14, 2014 - 6:46pm

Today, Greenland Forest City Partners announced changes to the street network around block 1129, bounded by Carlton Avenue, Dean Street, Vanderbilt Avenue and Pacific Street. The changes relate to the installation of a construction fence in preparation for construction of buildings at 535 Carlton Avenue and 550 Vanderbilt Avenue.



September 12, 2014 - 10:29am

In the spring of 2012, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, a sponsor of Atlantic Yards Watch, commissioned a review of Atlantic Yards’ compliance with its stated environmental commitments, which was conducted by  Sandstone Environmental Associates of Metuchen, NJ. In addition to reviewing hundreds of incident reports submitted to AYW by community members during arena construction, Sandstone analyzed internal reports produced by Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) environmental monitor, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR). Sandstone’s final report documented significant issues of noncompliance with Atlantic Yards’ environmental commitments on the part of Forest City Ratner Companies and its contractors during arena construction, and made recommendations for improvements to be introduced in future phases of construction.

The Sandstone report received little acknowledgement by ESDC when it was published in July 2012. However, the report’s findings and recommendations were incorporated into the BrooklynSpeaks coalition’s response to the Draft Scope of Work for the Atlantic Yards Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in March 2013, and were also referenced in the group’s comments on the Draft SEIS (DSEIS) submitted in May 2014.

A review of the Final SEIS (FSEIS), released in June 2014, shows that ESDC and FCRC have adopted modifications of the Atlantic Yards construction mitigation and monitoring programs for future construction at the site. Although some of the changes appeared in the DSEIS, significant additions were made between the DSEIS and the FSEIS. Here is an outline of changes to the project’s monitoring protocols that parallel recommendations made by Sandstone and comments from community organizations.



September 8, 2014 - 12:58pm

On Tuesday September 9, 2014, Barclays Center will host Fashion Rocks, a major New York Fashion Week event at Barclays Center.

The producers have been granted a permit for a red carpet to be located on Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue. The 78th Precinct has announced the following street closures for the day of the event.

  • Dean Street between Flatbush Avenue and 6th Avenue, 6:00AM unitl midnight
  • 6th Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Bergen Street, 3:00PM until midnight
  • Pacific Street between Carlton Avenue and 6th Avenue, 3:00PM until midnight

All closures apply to vehicle traffic only. Pedestrians will have access but will not be allowed on the arena sidewalk. Residents and those drivers with garage access will be allowed on to Pacific Street. Arena management has characterized the event as "significantly smaller in scale than the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards."

Neighbors with questions may contact Terence Kelly with questions by email to tkelly@brooklynse.com, or by phone at (347) 834-3957.



September 30, 2013 - 12:43pm

 

On August 25, the MTV Video Music Awards and its red carpet landed with a wallop in the neighborhood around Barclays Center.  The video to the right shows some of the volume and scale of the red carpet event, which was staged next to homes at the Dean Street and 6th Avenue intersection.  At the end of the video, Miley Cyrus steps from her limo, giving a preview of her later performance on stage.  The crowds lining the street are comprised largely of young people brought in by MTV, not residents from the block.

While other events have spilled out of the arena onto public sidewalks and streets, the VMAs were the first to receive permission from the City to close streets and sidewalks in the neighborhoods nearby.    The entire setting -  from its crowds to the facades of the townhouses nearby - were carefully stage-managed for the camera and attending media.  The experience for local residents went far beyond the red carpet walk seen on t.v. It included: five consecutive nights of after hours outdoors construction work, filming footage prior to the event, live performances with amplified sound, a projection screen with lights, six back-up generators, and a shipped-in cast apparently numbering between one and two thousand people.  



August 23, 2013 - 1:44pm

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will take place on Sunday, August 25th at Barclays Center. Below is a timetable for street closures, construction work, amplified sound and pedestrian access. The list is based on information provided by the 78th Precinct  Community Council and the 78th Precinct.  It has been updated to include detail about amplified sound and viewer pens.  
 
6th Avenue from Dean Street to Flatbush will also be closed to traffic partially or in total starting at noon Friday.  Some of the time amplified sound is scheduled will be used for intermittent sound checks.  
 
Access inside the restricted area for residents will be allowed with ID.  Guests of residents can gain access by being met at a checkpoint by their host or by being escorted to their destination by security.

Friday, August 23rd

  • Set construction - 8:00 am -12:00 am midnight
  • Street closure 6th Avenue (Atlantic Avenue to Dean Street) from 12:00 pm to MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight - WILL PERIODICALLY INCLUDE PEDESTRIANS


June 10, 2013 - 9:52pm

On Thursday, June 13, the Empire State Development Corporation will host a presentation by Forest City Ratner Companies and Sam Schwartz Engineering entitled, "Effectiveness of the Barclays Center Transportation Demand Management Plan." The meeting will be held at The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Third Floor Auditorium, located at 121 Dekalb Avenue, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Representatives from FCRC and SSE will answer questions from the audience. Here are some open issues we hope to hear discussed.



April 21, 2013 - 3:54pm

A new survey of illegal parking and idling in the vicinity of Barclays Center during the first Nets/Bulls play-off game uncovered some changes to black limo behavior from the last survey.  Overall the survey, which covered a smaller geographic area than the last, demonstrated illegal parking and idling conditions continue.  

The survey is easy to execute by the volunteers because the locations for illegal parking are so predictable.  There were very few unuccuppied hydrants in the area during the survey.

Notably not a single black limo was parked in the official location designated by the Department of Transportation for TLC parking on the south side of Atlantic Avenue from 6th Avenue to Carlton Avenue.  A NYPD tow truck was stationed there to clear it of private cars, but it had little motivation to work.