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Barclays Center parking directions provide VIP tour of residential streets

On Thursday evening, September 27, the Barclays Center 40/40 Club opened with a VIP reception. Invited guests were received through an arena entrance on Atlantic Avenue west of Sixth Avenue. The VIPs' drivers were provided a sheet with the following directions to arena patron parking on block 1129 (see photo at left):

  • Go straight down Atlantic from VIP entrance and make a right on Vanderbilt
  • Right on Bergen St.
  • Right on Dean St.
  • Drive to Middle of block and pull into the lot on the left

Neighborhood residents will notice that these directions omit a necessary right turn onto Carlton Avenue from Bergen Street before the turn onto Dean Street. It's not clear if this omission caused any confusion on the part of drivers.

The bigger question is why Barclays Center would have directed drivers to make a circuit through three of Prospect Heights' residential streets when the most direct route from the VIP entrance to the lot would have been to turn right onto Carlton Avenue and left onto Pacific Street, entering the lot from that block. That route would have avoided any residences.

Traffic circulation in and out of the Barclays Center parking lot have been a subject of concern for residents near the site. Presentations on traffic and transportation by Forest City Ratner representatives have previously stated that Pacific Street would be used for access to and egress from the parking lot on block 1129, and that the Dean Street gate would be used for egress only.

In an apparent gesture of consideration for the parking lot neighbors, the Barclays Center directions ask drivers to turn off radios and lights while parked.