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2012-12-11 700 Pacific St car park & public urinating

Location: 
700 Pacific St
When: 
December 11, 2012 - 7:35pm

2012-12-11 700 Pacific St car park traffic jam & blocking & driving on sidewalk

White Limo idling on St. Marks Place

Location: 
St. Marks Place (south side midblock bw 4th & 5th)
When: 
December 8, 2012 - 11:20pm

3 Black SUVs idling in bus stop in front of 43 5th avenue

Location: 
43 5th avenue
When: 
December 8, 2012 - 8:50pm

3 Black SUVs (one escalade, one range rover, one Infinity) idling at bus stop in front of 43 5th avenue. The limos were there for the Rolling Stones concert at Barclays Arena.

Black Limousine idling in front of hydrant

Location: 
66 5th avenue
When: 
December 8, 2012 - 8:50pm

There was a black limousine idling in front of 66 5th avenue. The limo was there for a Rolling Stones concert at Barclays Arena.

Police doing nice job ticketing illegally parked cars (as long as they're not "Officials" or idling limos)

Location: 
5th Ave b/w Bergen & St. Marks
When: 
December 8, 2012 - 7:55pm

Other than the blind eye turned toward illegally parked "Officials" going to Barclays Center events and idling limos, it is worth pointing out some good news/progress in terms of ticketing illegally parked cars. Hopefully this will start to discourage people from driving to Barclays Center events and ultimately cut down on the noise and free up legal spaces for residents.

Limos observed at Bocelli concert illustrate the scope of illegal parking and idling near Barclays Center

Since the September 28th opening of Barclays Center, complaints about illegally parked and idling limosines on streets in the vicinity of the arena have made up the largest category of incident reports filed with AYW.

Between approximately 8:15 and 9:30 PM on the evening of the December 5th Andrea Bocelli concert, a small AYW team documented the scope of the problem in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights and Park Slope.

We based our research area on the information contained in incident reports on AYW and our knowledge of the area.  In our experience the same illegal locations are used over and over.  The western boundary was 5th Avenue in Park Slope and Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene; the southern boundary was St. Mark's in Park Slope and Dean in Prospect Heights.  The eastern boundary in Prospect Heights was Vanderbilt at Dean, and otherwise Carlton Avenue.  The eastern boundary in Fort Greene was South Portland.  The northern boundary was Hanson Place.

We identified 83 likely violations, 64 for illegal parking and 19 for idling.  One parking ticket was found on a private car parked near a hydrant on Dean Street. The details of the conditions observed are below.

2012-12-02 Limos-black cars in residential neighborhood even when they get free parking

Location: 
NW corner of Pacific & Carlton & Dean St
When: 
December 2, 2012 - 6:02pm

2012-12-02 Limos-black cars in residential neighborhood even when they get free parking
Limos-black cars were given “free parking” from 6th Ave to Vanderbilt on S side of Atlantic & the Limos-black cars still refuse to park there.
Note: driver in video parked their car @ NW corner of Pacific & Carlton & then left their car.
http://youtu.be/ajcy5FFMxcE
Anyone can view the not used Atlantic Ave free parking area @ link below; web cam runs 24/7/365 & takes a picture every 5 min.

Questions to be answered at Thursday's presentation of plans for B2

According to an article in today's New York Times, Forest City Ratner Companies has chosen to build the first residential building at Atlantic Yards using modular construction. At 32 stories, B2 will be the tallest modular building in the world. Groundbreaking for B2 has been scheduled for December 18.

The use of modular construction has been chosen as a means to reduce costs not only on B2, but throughout the remaining Atlantic Yards buildings. The project's approval in 2006, as well as its revised plan of 2009, anticipated conventional construction techniques would be used when considering Atlantic Yards' use of public subsidies and overall feasibility. In the Times article Thomas Hanrahan, dean of Pratt Institute's architecture school states, "The question is: Will the savings be passed on to the public in some form?" 

With a presentation on the design of B2 scheduled for Thursday of this week, other outstanding questions about the building may finally be answered a short three weeks before the building's groundbreaking.

 

What are the construction plans for B2?

The 2009 Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) left B2 without publicly-disclosed construction plans. The original arena block plans anticipated office and residential towers integrated with the arena and built in quick succession.  B2 was to be complete one month after the arena, with the entire block complete about a year after the arena opening.  Now to construct B2 FCRC must contend with traffic and pedestrian demands generated by an operating arena next door.  And because of the use of much of the remaining area FCRC controls for arena patron and broadcast uplink surface parking, there are fewer locations available for construction staging than anticipated when the plans for construction were originally approved in 2006.  This may mean sidewalk and lane closures are more likely at the same time that demands on local streets and sidewalks have increased. 

Two upcoming Atlantic Yards-related community meetings

Two community meetings related to Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards have been scheduled for the next few weeks:
 
1).  PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE B2 DESIGN 
Empire State Development, along with Community Boards 2, 6, & 8 are co-hosting a public meeting on the evening of Thursday, November 29 to share with the Brooklyn community the plans for the first residential building at the Atlantic Yards site.  Representatives of the developer will make a presentation and answer questions.
 
WHERE:  Courtroom at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street
WHEN:  Thursday November 28, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
 
2).  ATLANTIC YARDS QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE
This meeting is a forum for representatives from the community and civic groups to engage elected officials, Empire State Development, FCRC and arena operators regarding issues affecting the quality of life for residents and businesses in close proximity to Barclays Center.
Each civic group can designate only 1 representative to directly participate.  That civic group should RSVP that individual’s name and contact information to Derek Lynch at Dlynch@esd.ny.gov.  Email suggestions for the agenda by Friday, November 30th.
 
WHERE:  78th Precinct, 65 Sixth Avenue between Dean & Bergen Streets
WHEN:  Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Car parked in No STanding zone

Location: 
446C DEan St
When: 
November 21, 2012 - 7:34pm

SUV parked, no driver, in No Standing zone in front of falafal place. Also SUV TLC car parked and idling at fire hydrant on 5th Ave by bus stop. NOTE: This kind of 311 report should be easy to make. It was not. Though a 311 operator picked up quickly, it took about 5 minutes to make the actual report, plus there were about 10 minutes of recorded messages before I was connected. 311 needs help! Finally, the operator had no idea what I was talking about when I tried to link it to 620 Atlantic Ave or Barclays Center.