Welcome to the DSBA Website!

February 6, 2009

dean_panoThe Dean Street Block Association (DSBA),  between 6th and Vanderbilt Avenues, is an association of residents, businesses and institutions dedicated to the improvement of our community in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Check this site (or subscribe to its newsfeed) and join our Yahoo! Group, Dean6thtoVanderbilt, for upcoming events and information about our neighborhood as well as to share opinions and information with your neighbors.

Have a suggestion, comment or correction?  Please contact us.

Schedule for the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center: Friday, Aug 23 – Sunday, Aug 25

August 23, 2013

A reminder that the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will take place on Sunday, August 25th at Barclays Center. Here is the list of street closures and the expected impact on the community.  

The list below is a based on information provided by the 78th Precinct Community Council but it has been modified to add detail about amplified sound and viewer pens.

6th Avenue from Dean Street to Flatbush may also be closed to traffic partially or in total during this period.  Some of the time-frame for amplified sound 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) 12:00 pm – MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight – WILL PERIODICALLY INCLUDE PEDESTRIANS

Saturday, August 24th 
• Set construction activity – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Street closure 6th Avenue (Atlantic Avenue to Dean Street) ALL DAY – WILL PERIODICALLY INCLUDE PEDESTRIANS 
• Street closure Pacific Street (6th Avenue to Carlton Avenue) 7:00 am – MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight 
• Street closure Dean Street (Flatbush Avenue to Carlton Avenue) 7:00 am – MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight 
• Red Carpet rehearsals with crew (no celebrities) 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
• MTA Bus re-routed – B45 (Dean Street) will, be re-routed around street closure TBD
AMPLIFIED SOUND: 12 PM – 3 PM  and 6 PM – 9 PM

Sunday, August 25th 
Street closure 6th Avenue (Atlantic Avenue to Dean Street) ALL DAY – INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS (Residents must show ID) 
• Street closure Pacific Street (6th Avenue to Carlton Avenue) ALL DAY – INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS (Residents must show ID) 
• Street closure Dean Street (Flatbush Avenue to Carlton Avenue) ALL DAY – INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS (Residents must show ID) 
• Street closure Pacific Street (4th Avenue to Flatbush Avenue) 2:00 pm – MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight 
• MTA Bus re-routed – B45 (Dean Street) will, be re-routed around street closure TBD 
• MTA Bus bypass Barcays Center stops (B41 & B67 will bypass Barclays Flatbush Avenue stops and B45 will bypass Barclays Atlantic Avenue stops) times TBD 
• Sidewalk closure of perimeter of Barclays Center (including partial closure of plaza – subway exit into plaza will remain open) 2:00 pm – MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight
AMPLIFIED SOUND: 12 PM – 4 PM and 6:30 PM – 9 PM

• Traffic will remain open on Flatbush Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.
• Viewer pens may be set up on Pacific Street at Flatbush Avenue; Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue & Dean Street; the plaza in front of Target; and the north east sidewalk of the Atlantic Avenue near south Portland.
• Barclays Center subway access will remain open.
• Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be installed on local arterial roads and significant intersections
• The Dean Street Park playground will be closed, however the basketball tournament will proceed with access from Bergen Street.


July 18, 2013

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, July 20th
Saturday, August 17th

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM
Place: Astroturf in Dean Playground

Bring your own blanket!

Sponsored by Friends of Dean Playground

Community Meeting (Thursday, June 20) to Present MTV Video Music Awards Event Planning

June 19, 2013

The following is from a flyer announcing a meeting to present event planning for the MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled for August 2013 in the Barclays Center Arena.  The flyer was distributed on Dean Street earlier this week.

Community Announcement

What: Community meeting to presetnt MTV Video Music Awards event planning for August 2013

Invited: Residents of Dean Street between Flatbush & Carlton Avenues

Where: Newswalk Building – enter at main gates at 535 Dean Street

When: Thursday, June 20th, 7:30pm

For questions, please contact the Barclays Center Community Affairs Manager, Terence Kelly, at 917-618-6136 or tkelly@brooklynse.com

DEAN STREET BLOCK PARTY! Saturday, June 29th

June 19, 2013

Dancing in the street

Invite your family and friends! Bring out your lawn chairs, grills, coolers, frisbees, footballs and games!  The block will be closed to traffic so we can enjoy the space! DJ Felix will be providing the music.  Work on your moves for the dance contest!

Local stores and restaurants are generously donating food or funds.  Thank you!

We have lots of great donations for our raffle from many local businesses, including Kaz An Nou, Chuko, 606 R&D, Beast, Stocked, Wayne Agassi’s Spa, Broccolino, Passage de la Fleur, Milk Bar, The Usual, Branded Saloon, Ample Hills, Le Gamin, Cataldos, Weather Up, Vinnie’s, Wine Exchange, Empire Mayonnaise Co., Postal Mailing and Shipping, Woodland, and Pequena. Other donations to be announced.

Raffle tickets are only $1. Email dbsatickets@gmail.com to buy tickets. Tickets will also be available at the block party. You do not need to be present to win.

NOTE: There will be NO PARKING on Dean Street between 6th & Carlton Avenues during our block party.

Need more information? Would you like to help? Please contact Rhona Hetsrony, 516-509-3890 or rbk888@aol.com

See you on the 29th!

Monthly Meeting, Monday Feb 18th @ 7:30

February 15, 2013

Monday, February 18th
7:30 – 9:00 pm
545 Dean Street


  • Changes to Pacific Street: loss of street trees, parking, lane direction
  • Update on the proposed Business Improvement District
  • Public Hearing on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
  • Lighting: streets, playground, Vanderbilt Railyards




Notice of Public Scoping for Atlantic Yards Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

January 26, 2013

Dear Community,

Attached to this email is the Notice of Public Scoping for a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. A public scoping meeting has been scheduled to obtain comments on the draft scope of work for the DSEIS.  

The meeting will be held on February 27, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York.  [map]

Copies of the draft scope of analysis may be obtained from ESD’s Web site, www.esd.ny.gov/AtlanticYards, or may be requested through the contact information provided below.  Comments on the draft scope of work may be presented by members of the public or any interested party at the public scoping meeting or submitted in writing to: Empire State Development (Attn: Atlantic Yards), 633 Third Avenue, 37th floor, New York, NY 10017, atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on March 14, 2013.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and thank you for your continued interest in the Atlantic Yards Project.



Derek Lynch | Manager, Atlantic Yards Project
Community/Government Relations
Empire State Development
(646) 581-6092: Cell
(212 803-3736: Office


December 15, 2012

Please come to our block association’s holiday party!  It’s a pot luck dinner with lots of food and drinks.

Everyone is welcome.  Bring your family and friends!

When:  Sunday, December 16th, 6:00 PM
Where:  638 Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton

RSVP to pkrashes@earthlink.net

See you then!



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