**POSTPONED** Monthly Meeting – December 16 – 7:30PM

UPDATE:

The next meeting of the block association is going to be postponed by a week or two. 

Marty Maher, the Chief of Staff for the Brooklyn Parks Department has offered to come to present the upcoming improvements to the playground.  He is checking his schedule to see if he is free the 30th.  I will send out a notice as soon as I get confirmation from his office.  The meeting will also cover Atlantic Yards issues because this is such a critical time.

In the meantime there will be two Atlantic Yards-related meetings on Thursday, January 26th:

1) Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet which will take place at 9:30 am at Borough Hall.  There is a chance the transportation demand management plan for the arena will be presented then.  

2) 6:00 pm a follow up to the December “roundtable” traffic meeting at Borough Hall for invited community groups (including our block association) will take place.  

Both meetings are open to the public.  More details to come.

 

Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays

TIME:       Monday, Dec. 16, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
PLACE:    545 Dean Street #1

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Speak up for residential permit parking in central Brooklyn!

What:  Hearing of the New York City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation

When:  Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Where:  250 Broadway, 14th Floor

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012, an expected 35-40% of arena patrons will arrive for events by car. That means as many as 6,100 cars travelling to the site for each of the more than 200 events anticipated to be held each year. This barrage of traffic is expected to cause significant delays at more than half of the intersections within a half mile of the arena. It will add to the vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that have already make Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn’s most dangerous road. And it will result in up to 3,000 arena patrons taking curbside parking spots in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights, clogging already-congested residential side streets.

Among all of the impacts to neighborhood character and quality of life that will come from locating Atlantic Yards’ arena within residential communities, none are of greater consequence to more residents than the traffic generated by arena events. But there is a way to reduce the demand for our local streets. It’s called “residential permit parking,” or RPP, and it’s been effective in other cities, like Boston and Chicago, where sports facilities are located in densely-populated areas. By limiting on-street parking during arena events to local residents, RPP will create a disincentive for arena patrons to drive, reducing congestion and making streets safer.

New York City requires authorization from the State legislature before it can implement RPP. On Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM, the City Council will hear testimony on legislation authorizing the City to enact residential permit parking programs in the five boroughs. The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors urge you to participate in this critical hearing and make your voice heard.

Please email BrooklynSpeaks with your plans to attend and interest in testifying, and thanks for speaking up!

Invitation letters to DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan & Atlantic Yards Director Hankin

The following letters were sent on May 3, 2011 by the DSBA and the Carlton Avenue Association to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Atlantic Yards Project Director Arana Hankin.

Both officials were invited to a public meeting hosted by the associations to answer the community’s questions and address concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation related to the Atlantic Yards project.

PDF versions:
DOT Sadik-Khan letter
AY Hankin Letter

____________________

May 3, 2011

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
Department of Transportation
40 Worth Street New York, NY 10013

Dear Commissioner Sadik-Khan,

Our immediate area will be affected significantly and in unique ways by the operation of the Barclays Center and the implementation of the Atlantic Yards Project. We are dependent on the effectiveness of the Project’s mitigations and roadway improvements.

The Carlton Avenue Association and the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt would like to extend an invitation to an informed representative of the Department of Transportation to attend a public meeting hosted by our associations to directly answer our community’s questions and address our concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation on our streets. We believe because of the unique way we are impacted by the project, a meeting focused on our concerns is appropriate and necessary.

Because of the importance and timeliness of this meeting, our associations have set aside our regular calendared May meetings in order to accommodate the schedule of your representative. We have also invited Atlantic Yards Project Director Arana Hankin.

Thank you,

Richard Goldstein, President
Carlton Avenue Association

Peter Krashes, President
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Cc.  Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Borough President Marty Markowitz, CB8 Chairperson Nijzoni Granville, CB8 District Manager Michelle George, Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator Chris Hrones, Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, Brooklyn Borough Director Sam Pierre

____________________

May 3, 2011

Arana J. Hankin
Director, Atlantic Yards Project
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dear Director Hankin,

Our immediate area will be affected significantly and in unique ways by the operation of the Barclays Center and the implementation of the Atlantic Yards Project. We are dependent on the effectiveness of the Project’s mitigations and roadway improvements.

The Carlton Avenue Association and the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a public meeting hosted by our associations to directly answer our community’s questions and address our concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation on our streets. We believe because of the unique way we are impacted by the project, a meeting focused on our concerns is appropriate and necessary.

Because of the importance of this meeting, our associations have set aside our regular calendared May meetings in order to accommodate your schedule. We have also invited a representative from the Department of Transportation. We look forward to your prompt reply.

Thank you,

Richard Goldstein, President
Carlton Avenue Association

Peter Krashes, President
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Cc.  Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Borough President Marty Markowitz, CB8 Chairperson Nijzoni Granville, CB8 District Manager Michelle George, Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator Chris Hrones, Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, Brooklyn Borough Director Sam Pierre

Atlantic Yards Traffic Forum


December 8, 2010
7:30pm – 9:00pm


Location:
P.S. 9
80 Underhill Avenue [map]
Brooklyn, NY

Description:
Can the traffic really get worse? Unfortunately, the answer is “yes.” The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council presents a forum on traffic and transit issues raised by Atlantic Yards construction and the planned opening of the Barclays Center in 2012.
  • What impacts are already being felt?
  • What is coming from the arena and future construction?
  • What does the recent court decision mean to the community?
  • What can we do now?

Speakers include Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, Councilmember Letitia James, and Ryan Lynch, Senior Planner with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Open to the general public.