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.

Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 6 PM

November 17, 2014

Please attend the upcoming Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting for information, or if you have questions about the significant changes to our neighborhood anticipated to start in weeks. It is an opportunity to speak directly to the architects of some of the buildings in the project, and raise any concerns you may have about impacts from construction. This will be your only opportunity before work is anticipated to accelerate.

The architects of 19-story 535 Carlton and possibly taller 17-story 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, (both between Dean and Pacific Streets), will be in attendance. The construction of these buildings will be added to the ongoing work on the arena roof, the tunnel under Atlantic Avenue, LIRR rail yard work, and stalled B2. Details of construction will be provided including temporary elimination of on and off-street parking, narrowing of streets, sidewalk closures, nighttime work, construction staging and potential cutting of street trees.

Details of the changes are attached in two community notices [see here and here] addressing changes in the east and west parts of the project. For additional information feel free to contact our block association using this link: https://deanstreet11217.wordpress.com/

Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Meeting
Hosted by Forest City Ratner and Empire State Development.
The meeting will have a presentation on upcoming construction activities and a question and answer period.
When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 @ 6 PM
Where: Brooklyn Hospital,
Auditorium, 3rd Floor
121 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (map)

DSBA Statement about the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Settlement Agreement

October 27, 2014

Our block association has learned more about oversight of this project than just about anyone else because we have had to.  Our priority is good governance because our lives are directly affected by the oversight that is provided.  We’ve learned that scrutiny and incredulousness are essential tools living near Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.

As much as half of the input to the State during the 2014 SEIS process was personal testimony from our community about the failure of the State’s oversight to ensure the environmental commitments that are part of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project agreements.  That testimony, as well as a general statement from our block association, calls for oversight reform of the project generally, and an independent, impartial and motivated Environmental Monitor on site when construction work takes place.

Moving forward, our focus continues to be improving oversight so that the community does not need to continue doing the job of ensuring the developer’s obligations are met. Community trust can be built with effective monitoring, transparency in real time and recourses against the developer when things go wrong.

General Block Association Statement CB8, October 9, 2014 (pdf)

PHNDC “Accountability and Atlantic Yards” Meeting: Thu, Oct 30, 8PM

October 27, 2014

From the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (phndc.org):


A special meeting for the residents near the Atlantic Yards (Pacific Park) site

Learn more about the settlement reached between the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), and community advocates.

  • Shorter construction duration
  • New affordable housing commitments
  • Public oversight with local representation

Hear about what to expect next and how to get involved.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:00PM

Soapbox Gallery
636 Dean Street (between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues)

Meet Council Member Laurie Cumbo

October 15, 2014

Please join us to meet directly with Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

We are hosting this meeting specifically for those who live or work near Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.  Children are welcome.  Food and drinks will be available.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 20, 7:30 to 9:00

PLACE: Soapbox @ 636 Dean Street between Carlton & Vanderbilt

Atlantic Yards Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Community Responses

September 23, 2014

Read the DSBA letter to Empire State Development, dated May 12, 2014 (pdf)

Read resident responses to the Atlantic Yards (aka Pacific Park) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (pdf’s)

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


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