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.

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.

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:  

The deadline is Friday the 20th.

Please let Peter Krashes ( 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)

One of the last block parties?

For years we’ve held block parties on Dean Street, between 6th and Carlton Avenues (See photos from 20112010, 2009, 2008 and 2007). Closing the street to traffic, we’ve enjoyed grilling, face-painting, games, music and dancing, literally in the street. Could our annual party soon become a thing of the past?

The under-construction Barclays Center Arena of the Atlantic Yards project is scheduled to officially open on September 28, 2012. Forest City Ratner, the developer of the 18,000-seat arena, hopes to host more than 200 events per year. A temporary surface parking lot, with a capacity of 1100 cars, is planned for the block bounded by Dean, Carlton Avenue, Pacific Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. The parking lot and the arena will “sandwich” the block of Dean Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues where we’ve held our block parties.

Will we be allowed to close Dean Street for a block party once the arena opens?

Our 2011 Block Party was a great time!

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Click here to see photos

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our block party a success, with special shout outs to the organizers, BBQ grillers, face-painters, game-organizers, raffle-ticket-sellers, street-cleaners, Millie & Ed Barreto, Brad White of Primerica and DJ Felix!

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their generous donations!

Ample Hills Creamery
Beast Tapas Bar, Restaurant, Lounge
Cataldo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
Christie’s Jamaican Patties
Dubai Mini Mart
FDNY Engine Co. 219 & Ladder Co. 105
James Restaurant
Kaz An Nou French Caribbean Restaurant
Maya Taqueria
Met Foods
Tracy Collins Photography
Wine Exchange

One Minute Voices – Episode 2 – Doug

This is the second episode in a series of one-minute, casual, interviews with people who live and work in the neighborhood of the Dean Street Block Association (DSBA), 6th to Vanderbilt Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. This episode is an interview with Doug, a 17-year resident of Dean Street.

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Yes, I know this episode is much longer than one minute (the entire conversation was about 10 minutes). Rules are meant to be broken, right?

Do you live or work in the area? Would you like to add about 60 seconds of your voice to the conversation? If so, contact me at tc[at]3c[dot]com.

Block Party this Saturday!

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!

There will be a firehouse and ambulance tour for the kids, as well as games and always popular face painting!

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!  (I’ll give them a proper shout-out when I know the full list)

We have lots of great donations for our raffle so far, including many from local restaurants:

  • Kaz An Nou has given a dinner for two!
  • The Wine Exchange has given a variety of wines!
  • Woodwork has given a $35 gift certificate!
  • Beast has given two $25 gift certificates!
  • Bark has given a $25 gift certificate!
  • Cataldo’s has given a $20 gift certificate!
  • Plain Janes has given green cleaning supplies with a $50 value!

Tickets are only $1!

Proceeds will go toward block beautification and next year’s block party.

See you Saturday!

Let’s Beautify Our Neighborhood April 17th!


April 17th, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Media Event:

11:30 AM (location TBA)


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, by telephone at 917-658-6434, or by mail to 638 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Rain Date April 24th

Dean Street Block Association Wins Grant!

Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt,  has been awarded a Love Your (NYC) Block award from the Citizens Committee for New York City in the amount of $500 to support our group’s block transformation efforts!

The grant will be applied to our continuing campaign to clean, green and make more safe Dean and Pacific Streets in our area. As part of the grant application process, the block association outlined a set of do-able concerns we would like addressed by City agencies in the future. To read the details of the block association’s application follow this link:

The grant will support a joint cleaning and greening event in late spring for Dean Street between 6th Avenue and Vanderbilt and Pacific Street between 6th and Carlton. The $500 grant will finance planters, window boxes, soil and plantings, a promotional flyer and garbage bags. The block association also identified a long term goal of putting in place tree pit guards.

As part of the grant, the block association will also be attending a workshop in which we will meet and discuss with representatives of City Agencies the services we have requested for our blocks.

At the next several block association meetings we will be discussing further ideas for the grant and our campaign to clean, green and make more safe our area. Please come to the meetings and join us in this conversation.