Barclays Center Arena Satellite Uplink Parking Lot

A “satellite uplink parking lot” for Barclays Center is to be located at the corner of 6th Avenue and Dean Street.  Tricia Martin of WE Design has put together the following short-term proposal until a better permanent location for the lot is identified.

 

26.6% of the land in New York City is made up of public streets and sidewalks.  Incredible opportunity exists to envision these narrow spaces as places of engagement and not just as conveyor belts for car and people.

The proposed vision for a sidewalk design at the corner of 6th avenue and Dean street demonstrates that even small interventions can serve an important purpose while beautifying our neighborhoods.  The proposal includes colorful planters with season plantings, a high-quality metal fence and some street trees.

Directly across the street from this rendering on 6th Avenue a new plaza is proposed for the Atlantic Yards Barclays Center Arena.  By adding a couple of benches and some planters the street is now captured by flanking public spaces providing a social amenity to the community.

Placemaking can be simple.  The simple addition of a bench invites a mother and child to sit and watch their surroundings, creates a safer street environment for residents and visitors to the arena, and provides welcoming color and green to our urban environment.


Tree Bed Guard Grant approved!

Dear Dean Street residents,

This year, as part of our ongoing initiative to beautify and green our area, our block association competed for a grant from the Brooklyn Borough President’s “Neighborhood Beautification Fund.” We are pleased that our application for over 40 customized wrought iron tree bed guards was a success!

The tree beds that will receive the tree bed guards are located from 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue on Dean Street.   The installation will occur sometime this year.  The season for installations will start in May.  The installation will be executed by the NYC Parks Department.

All of the tree beds that will receive tree bed guards will be enlarged to 5 X 9 feet.  The tree bed guards and the enlargement of the beds both help improve the mortality of the street trees.  Plus they enable all of us to plant and beautify our street!

Our application included all street tree beds adjacent to properties in which the property owner gave us consent.  If an adjacent property owner did not give us consent, that tree was not included in the application.

Here are some other important facts you should know about this process:

  • Each approved tree bed must still pass a further inspection by the Parks Department.  If there is a cracked sidewalk or a utility near the bed preventing it from being enlarged, the bed will not get a guard.  Dead trees, curb cuts, narrow sidewalks, fire hydrants and bus stops also will prevent guards from being installed.
  • Everything currently in the tree bed including old tree guards, plants and soil will be removed in order to put in place new, enriched soil.  If you value the plants in your bed, remove them when you see markings on the sidewalk showing the site is being prepared.  Put the plants back when the new soil is put in place.
  • The installation process has three steps:

1)  Site Preparation:  Markings will appear on the sidewalk showing the perimeter of the enlarged bed and the location of utilities.

2)  Bite Work:  The tree bed will be cut and excavated. The guard will be installed.

3)  Maintenance:  Our community will work to maintain the tree beds and guards.

  • The installation process from cutting to tree guard placement will take no more than six months, with six to eight weeks most likely.
  • The tree guard is guaranteed for one year.

LONG TERM MAINTENANCE:

Once the tree bed guards are in place, please help us by improving and maintaining the street trees and the tree beds near where you live.  Here are some recommendations from the NYC Parks Department and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden:

1)  Water the trees.  In the summer the trees like 25 gallons of water a week.  When it gets really hot, they like to be watered twice a week.

2)  Don’t raise the soil level of the plant as this can rot the bark at the base of the tree. 

3)  Have fun and plant in the tree bed!  Here are some recommended plants the trees like because they don’t compete for water and nutrients with the tree.

For Sun:  (beneath newly planted trees and in direct sun)

Annuals:
Dusty Miller
Licorice
Marigold
Nasturtium
Verbena
Rock Rose


Perennials:
Snow in Summer
Ox-eye Daisy
Lilyturf
Sun Drops
Sedum
Wild Thyme

For Shade:  (beneath well established trees and in shade)

Annuals:
Begonia
Coleus
Impatiens
Lobelia
Pansy

Perennials:
Elephant’s Ears
Coral Bells
Spotted Deadnettle
Lilyturf
Periwinkle

Bulbs:

Crocus
Chinodexia spp.
Bluebells
Snow Drops
Daffodils
Grape Hyacinth
Winter Aconite
Species Tulips

For further questions, please feel free to send an email to pkrashes@earthlink.net.  Or call: 718-623-6194.

Monthly Meeting – April 18, 2011 – 7:30PM

Monthly Meeting
(Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays)

TIME: 
Monday, April 18th
7:30 – 9:00 pm

PLACE: 
638 Dean Street, between Carlton and Vanderbilt

Note:
For Beautification Day this past Saturday members of our block association were out circulating information about upcoming changes to the tree beds on Dean Street.  The beautification efforts we normally undertake in the spring will take place instead in the fall after our new tree bed guards are installed.  This spring we still will be distributing free window boxes.  Please let us know if you are interested.

AGENDA:

  • Metal Tree Guards:
    • Thanks to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Neighborhood Beautification Fund, many of the trees on Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Vanderbilt will be receiving metal tree bed guards!  More details to come as we get them.
  • Atlantic Yards:
    • Quality of life issues:  Help us set our priorities. Snow removal and sidewalk care. Dust. Noise. Rodents. Traffic. Parking.  Security.
    • The implications of Judge Friedman’s ruling that the Empire State Development Corporation must analyze the environmental impacts of the project based on a 25-year timeline rather than the 10-year timeline it has used so far.  What is the status of the court case now?
    • Atlantic Yards Watch
  • Neighborhood Beautification Day and Block Party: Setting the dates

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL
EVERYONE IS WELCOME


Monthly Meeting – January 17, 2011 – 7:30PM

Monthly Meeting
(Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays)

TIME:
Monday, January 17th
7:30 – 9:00 pm

PLACE:
638 Dean Street, between Carlton and Vanderbilt

AGENDA:

  • Metal Tree Guards:
    • Thanks to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Neighborhood Beautification Fund, many of the trees on Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Vanderbilt will be receiving metal tree bed guards!  More details to come as we get them.
  • Atlantic Yards:
    • Quality of life issues:  Help us set our priorities. Snow removal and sidewalk care. Dust. Noise. Rodents. Traffic. Parking.  Security.
    • The implications of Judge Friedman’s ruling that the Empire State Development Corporation must analyze the environmental impacts of the project based on a 25-year timeline rather than the 10-year timeline it has used so far.  What is the status of the court case now?
    • Atlantic Yards Watch
  • Neighborhood Beautification Day and Block Party: Setting the dates

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

MOVIE NIGHT!!

MOVIE NIGHT!!

and

STREET TREE BED CLEAN UP

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th

STREET TREE BED CLEAN UP
Time:  4-6 PM
Place:  Meet at Dean and 6th Avenues

The tree beds and our trees need continuing care.  Help us clean up the tree beds and then kick back and enjoy movies in the playground.

MOVIE NIGHT
Time:  8 -10:45 PM
Place:  Astroturf on Dean Playground

Bring your family, friends, coolers, lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to watch family-friendly movies!

Everyone is welcome!
Your input is essential – Please invite your neighbors

Let’s Beautify Our Neighborhood April 17th!

When:

April 17th, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Media Event:

11:30 AM (location TBA)

Where:

Dean Street between Flatbush & Vanderbilt, Pacific Street between 6th Avenue & Carlton

Volunteer Meeting Place:

the entrance to the children’s playground on Dean Street between 6th & Carlton, 10:00 AM [map]

Join us as we work together to clean up and beautify our neighborhood on April 17th.  We will be distributing free window boxes for street side windows and planters for stoops, cleaning up litter as well as planting flowers and building guards in street tree beds.  This will be a fun and productive day for all ages.

The beautification day is part of the Love Your (NYC) Block Campaign.  The campaign is a partnership between neighborhood groups, Citizens Committee for New York City and NYC Service.  As part of the campaign, the Dean Street Block Association received a cash grant along with direct support from the Departments of Parks, Sanitation and Transportation.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact us by email at the dd1@verizon.net, by telephone at 917-658-6434, or by mail to 638 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Rain Date April 24th