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Arena block work hours to be expanded until 11 pm

A supplemental construction alert today announces that for the week of June 13, 2011 there will be a second shift of construction work on the arena.  The additional hours of the work will be 3:30 pm to 11 pm.  

The alert states the work will include excavation, reinforcing of steel installation, truck elevator pit wall forms and numerous other activities.  

In addition it states that with a few exceptions deliveries will be staged prior to 6 pm.  Site access will be through both the Dean Street and Pacific Street gates.

For additional information, the full supplemental construction alert is attached.

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.

Artbridge calls for entries for an exhibition to be hung on construction scaffolding along the arena block

Artbridge, a Chelsea-based not-for-profit dedicated to connecting the public to the arts, has placed a call to artists who live and/or work in Brooklyn to submit work for an exhibition that will be printed on vinyl and posted on construction scaffolding along the project perimeter.  News of the exhibition first appeared in the McGraw Hill construction newsletter ENR/NewYork.  The exhibition, called "Works in Progress," will take place in the fall of 2011.   

The exhibition, reproductions of artwork, will apparently run for 400 linear feet adjacent to the area where the arena is currently under construction.  The perimeter of the 22 acre Atlantic Yards footprint is surrounded by approximately 6,000 linear feet of construction and chain link fencing, much of it closing off areas facing indeterminate construction delays in the project's second phase.  This photo taken Sunday shows construction fencing lining an area of the project's second phase at the intersection of Vanderbilt and Atlantic Avenues.  It is several blocks from the area where the Artbridge exhibition will take place.

A previous effort to improve the Project's construction fencing with artwork/designs is still in place on the arena block facing Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center malls, both Forest City Ratner controlled properties.

The guidelines for the exhibition detail a June 26th entry deadline and a $25 entry fee.  Entries will be judged by a curatorial panel.  The Artbridge website states information about the curatorial panel will be coming soon.

Video interviews put a face on the existing neighborhood around Atlantic Yards

The subject of the first of a series of one minute interviews with people who live and work in the vicinity of the Atlantic Yards Project is Abdul, one of the owners of Dubai Mini Mart at 486 Dean Street at 6th Avenue.  The store sits diagonally across from the southeast corner of the Barclays Center.

The video interviews are an initiative called "One Minute Voices" by photographer Tracy Collins and the the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt.  

In his interview, Abdul reports the neighborhood has improved in the last five years, but that "construction is irritating my establishment" and his business is off 20 to 30%.

When rats are a neighborhood problem, a coordinated response is required

Whatever triggered the problem of rodents in the vicinity of Atlantic Yards, the community will have to work together to address the circumstances that sustain it.

Construction adds to the problem of controlling rodents because the homes of existing rodent populations are disturbed and new sources of food are created on an ongoing basis.  Recent complaints about the impossibility of doing street cleaning in the vicinity of illegal construction worker parking is one example.

Setting construction aside, the Department of Health website has useful information describing how neighbors must work with government to fight against rodents, all of which are relevant to the community around the project:  

Rats can be a property, block or neighborhood problem and require a coordinated response:  property owners, tenants, businesses and government need to work together.  Everyone has a part to play.

  • Property owners and businesses must maintain their garbage - the number one source for rats to get their essential food - in containers that are rodent-proof until it's picked up.
  • Tenants must do the same in the houses and apartments, and also ensure that they do not litter their yards or the street.

Atlantic Yards rats make TV news

Mario Diaz of PIX11 caught up Friday with several of Atlantic Yards' neighbors concerned about the increasing number of rats infesting the streets surrounding the project.



Is the law finally going to be enforced in relation to illegal construction worker parking on Pacific Street? Answer: Not for the moment

NYPD issued "no parking" signs were posted on Pacific Street from the Newswalk parking garage to 6th Avenue on Pacific Street for Tuesday, May 31st.  This led some to hope construction workers would no longer be allowed to park illegally on Pacific Street and its sidewalks.

Instead, the signs were to make way for TechCorp., a company that apparently repairs sewers.  The Barclays Center construction workers parked on the sidewalks around the work.

The amount of illegal parking by construction workers on Pacific Street has reduced since our last post on the subject.  Still, it persists.  As has been commented on by community members on this website, the parking regularly blocks sidewalks and the travel lane, as well as makes street cleaning impossible.  It also contributes to a sense that parking regulations in the area are enforced selectively.


More stories of rats in the area of arena construction come forward; Community continues to believe the source of rodent infestation is project construction

Since the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet several weeks ago, more complaints about rodents have reached this site, been voiced at the monthly Dean Street block association meeting and posted on Atlantic Yards Report.  Rodents have been an ongoing problem in the area since work on Atlantic Yards began in 2007.

On Friday Atlantic Yard Report published photographs and complaints from Dean Street resident Larry Schwartz.  His complaints about rodent infestation near the Dean and Carlton Avenue intersection parallel concerns filed in incident reports and comments earlier in the week on this site.

On Monday the 23rd, a resident of 6th Avenue between Dean and Bergen Streets attended the monthly meeting of Dean Street Block Association and regaled those in attendance with stories of rats attempting to chew through an exterior door and expressed anxiety about walking home alone after dark due to the infestation.  This area is only a few feet from arena excavation.

Three weeks ago, this website located the rodent infestation primarily on Dean Street at 6th Avenue.  With further input from area residents, we now locate the area with current problems to 6th Avenue from Bergen to Dean Street, Dean Street from 6th Avenue to Carlton, and Carlton between Dean and Bergen.

Two accidents occur within an hour on Dean Street Monday morning

Two car accidents occurred inside one hour, and within two contiguous blocks on Dean Street Monday morning, May 23rd.

Amy Sara Clark reports in the Prospect Heights Patch that a four car accident took place at 7:30 a.m. on Dean Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues when a driver swerved to avoid a double parked car.  The driver was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Only minutes later at 8:15 a.m., another accident occurred on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt when a street cleaner driving against traffic hit a car traveling with the traffic.  The street cleaner works for Laquila who is a contractor on Barclays Center construction.  It is unclear why the street cleaner was driving in the incorrect direction during peak driving time.

Changes to Pacific Street and Fourth Avenue planned for July

On Tuesday, May 24, Forest City Ratner (FCR) announced permanent changes to be made to the roadway network beginning on or about July 24 (updated from the previous date of July 15).

Fourth Avenue (between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be converted to one-way southbound. Pacific Street (between Fourth Avenue and Flatbush Avenue only) will be reversed, changing from one-way westbound to one-way eastbound. To accommodate this change, a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, as will a new crosswalk across Flatbush Avenue. Vehicles will be able to make right or left turns onto Flatbush Avenue at this location. This block can be accessed from both northbound and southbound Fourth Avenue.

Fourth Avenue northbound traffic, including all commercial vehicles, can use Third Avenue via Atlantic Avenue to access Flatbush Avenue. Pacific Street will offer secondary access to Flatbush Avenue. No through truck traffic will be permitted on Pacific Street.