Barclays Center Satellite Uplink Parking Lot at Dean Street and 6th Avenue

Community Board 8 needs to hear responses from individual community members about the proposed use of the parking lot on 6th Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets as a “satellite uplink parking lot” for the Barclays Center.

Before the onset of the project the lot was townhouses. Now it is being used for 78th Precinct employee parking. The plan is that it be used by vans and trucks to broadcast arena events.  There is a risk the operation of the lot will impact on residents. We do not know how long it will be in place.

Please send comments to Community Board 8:  info@brooklyncb8.org  

The deadline is Friday the 20th.

Please let Peter Krashes (pkrashes@earthlink.net) know if you have sent a comment. Feel free to write what you want.   

Our block association sent a letter to the community board asking for a set of conditions to improve the proposed uses’ relationship to the community. We requested the following from FCRC and the arena management:

  • A party and line of command, clearly identified to the community, responsible for education, continuous monitoring, and strict enforcement of the use of this lot, especially as concerns the use of noisy equipment and illegal truck idling.
  • A commitment that the sidewalk adjoining the lot will be kept clear for pedestrians at all times.
  • A commitment that screening will surround the lot, and that said screening will provide a pleasant visual buffer for residents.
  • Restoration of street trees on the perimeter of the lot, such as existed before the onset of the project.
  • A commitment to ensure the use of only directional lighting, which will prevent off- site light intrusion for nearby residents.

See the block association letter here : Barclays Center Satellite Uplink Parking Lot Letter (pdf)

Monthly Meeting – April 16 – 7:30PM

Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays

TIME:       Monday, April 16th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
PLACE:    618 Dean Street, #1B

  • How will the Arena’s Satellite Uplink Parking Lot at 6th Avenue and Dean Street affect local residents?
  • Tree bed guards finally to be installed in the coming weeks and months.
  • We won!  The community’s legal victory: what does it mean for us?

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Court of Appeals agrees: 2009 Atlantic Yards plan approved illegally

BrooklynSpeaks sponsors demand Governor and Mayor intervene to reduce project impacts, deliver promised housing and jobs

Contact:   Gib Veconi – 917.881.0401

Jo Anne Simon – 917.685.3747

BROOKLYN, April 12, 2012: In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court today found that Justice Marcy Friedman correctly ruled in July 2011 that the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) 2009 approval of Atlantic Yards’ Modified General Project Plan violated State environmental law. Among other changes, the plan renegotiated in 2009 between the State and Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) extended Atlantic Yards’ construction schedule from 10 to 25 years. Justice Friedman’s order that the ESDC conduct additional environmental analyses and revisit the project plan will remain in effect.

“ESDC’s decision to appeal was deeply disappointing both to the community and to its elected representatives, who had pressed the agency to comply with the court order,” said Jo Anne Simon, 52nd District Democratic Leader. “Now that the Appellate Division has upheld the lower court’s decision, we strongly urge Governor Cuomo to act to restore credibility to this process, and direct his agency to conduct a thorough and transparent assessment of the environmental impact of this project on central Brooklyn that involves our communities in a meaningful way.”

BrooklynSpeaks sponsors had argued against the appeal, contending that ESDC fast-tracked its approval of the 2009 schedule concessions demanded by Forest City in order to allow FCRC to meet a deadline necessary for its arena bonds to qualify as tax-exempt. “ESDC’s actions saved the developer hundreds of millions in interest payments,” said Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, “but at the cost of thousands of units of affordable housing being delayed for decades. The Appellate Division ruling gives the Governor an opportunity to put the project’s public benefits back on the schedule promised.”

The Appellate Division rejected arguments by ESDC and Forest City that the impacts of 25 years of construction to surrounding neighborhoods were likely to be less severe than if Atlantic Yards were completed in 10 years, writing that such a conclusion “is not based on any technical studies of the environmental impacts of protracted construction. It is supported by the mere assertion that the build-out will result in prolonged but less “intense” construction and that most environmental impacts are driven by intensity rather than duration.” Significantly, the Appellate Division noted that ESDC “failed to consider an alternative scenario in which years go by before any Phase II construction is commenced — a scenario in which area residents must tolerate vacant lots, above-ground arena parking, and Phase II construction staging for decades.”

“In the two years since this suit was filed, nearby communities have had a ringside view of continued violations of Atlantic Yards’ stated commitments on air quality, noise and truck safety,” said Danae Oratowski, Chair of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council. “Less than six months before Barclays Center opens, we have yet to see the developer’s plans for parking and traffic management, or the City’s plans for crowd control and security. Today’s ruling should be a wake-up call for Mayor Bloomberg to engage the community and work together both to limit the impacts of continued construction, as well as to reduce the effect of the operation of an arena amid historic residential neighborhoods.”

“ESDC not only has allowed Forest City Ratner to steamroll local residents and their elected representatives, but has also played a role in violating State law to the developer’s advantage,” said Howard Kolins, President of the Boerum Hill Association. “Taken together with recent revelations of Forest City’s connection to political corruption cases in Brooklyn and Yonkers, today’s ruling shows the need to reform oversight of Atlantic Yards is more urgent than ever. The New York State Assembly has already passed legislation requiring ESDC to create a subsidiary to oversee the project. We now need swift action on the bill by the State Senate, and a commitment by Governor Cuomo to ensure Atlantic Yards is accountable to the public.”

Public Hearing: Barclays Center Liquor License


WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM
WHERE: 78th Precinct, 65 6th Avenue (btwn. Bergen/Dean Streets)


Dear Neighbors:


The new operators for the Barclays Center arena are applying to the State Liquor Authority for a full liquor license to serve the estimated 18,000 patrons that will be at each arena event. But at this date, neither the arena operators nor the City has presented information to local residents about plans to control the sale and consumption of alcohol at the arena, or how such sales may affect the quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods. Keep in mind arena patrons are being routed from the arena patron parking lot to the arena via Dean and Pacific Streets.


Please go to the meeting and ask the State Liquor Authority to make Barclays Center’s operations safer for our neighborhoods with these steps:


  • Stop alcohol sales 45 minutes before the end of an arena event, after half time at an NBA basketball game, or at 11:00PM, whichever comes first.
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages should occur only during events.
  • No more than two twelve-ounce beers, or four and a half ounce wine or cocktails should be sold per purchase.
  • No sales of alcoholic beverages outdoors.
  • Ask the Community Boards for a public hearing before the license is renewed so problems can be addressed.