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Did Dean Street Block Association hold its last block party?

Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt has held block parties on Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Carlton for years.  That block will soon be sandwiched between the future Barclays Center and its anticipated 1100 space accessory parking lot.  

The community near the project, much of it with roots that goes back decades, is now wondering if the block association will be allowed to close the street for block parties in the future.  Barclays Center operation may prevent the annual celebration. The quintessential Brooklyn block party has always been one of the highlights of the summer for neighborhood families.  Among the popular activities that take place on the street are grilling, dancing, volleyball, basketball and of course catching up with neighbors.

Already anticipated to be impacted significantly by the project plans announced in 2006, the quiet and mostly residential Dean Street, Carlton Avenue and Pacific Streets will likely be further impacted by changes to the plans in 2009 that increased the concentration of arena patrons walking and driving to the east of the arena.

Photographer, (and block association Secretary), Tracy Collins has posted more photographs of this year's block party on the Dean Street Block Association blog "Our Streets - Our Stories."



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