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

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.

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.

“When the Ground Breaks: Walk About Series” with Artist Elaine Angelopoulos

When the Ground Breaks: Walk About Series

Walk About’s are inspired group walks led by artist, Elaine Angelopoulos into neighborhoods that hug the Atlantic Yards Project. Together we will meditate on the sites of the neighborhood and its functionality as a urban community, despite the ongoing construction nearby. Walks will occur monthly, beginning at 1pm, in front of Soapbox Gallery, located at 636 Dean Street. All Walk About’s will be an hour long. Story Collection sessions will follow from 2-3pm in Soapbox Gallery.

October 1, 2011
October 29th, 2011
November 19, 2011
December 17, 2011
January 28, 2011
February 25,2011

RSVP by the day before, (the latest) at apoulet@earthlink.net.

Both events will be recorded and annotated for an upcoming webpage. (Anonymity and Privacy will be respected upon request of attendees).