Three limo/buses are blocking traffic, and the drivers are having a tailgate party, in the northbound turning lane and the bike lane on Dean Street at Vanderbilt Avenue. Two of three are idling.
The buses are associated with one company: Red Carpet Coach. They have come to the arena to drive Jewish groups associated with a Hanukkah celebration of some form during half-time. They said the arena told them to stay nearby, but they were not told about the free standing area on Atlantic Avenue between 6th Avenue and Carlton.
On August 25, the MTV Video Music Awards and its red carpet landed with a wallop in the neighborhood around Barclays Center. The video to the right shows some of the volume and scale of the red carpet event, which was staged next to homes at the Dean Street and 6th Avenue intersection. At the end of the video, Miley Cyrus steps from her limo, giving a preview of her later performance on stage. The crowds lining the street are comprised largely of young people brought in by MTV, not residents from the block.
While other events have spilled out of the arena onto public sidewalks and streets, the VMAs were the first to receive permission from the City to close streets and sidewalks in the neighborhoods nearby. The entire setting - from its crowds to the facades of the townhouses nearby - were carefully stage-managed for the camera and attending media. The experience for local residents went far beyond the red carpet walk seen on t.v. It included: five consecutive nights of after hours outdoors construction work, filming footage prior to the event, live performances with amplified sound, a projection screen with lights, six back-up generators, and a shipped-in cast apparently numbering between one and two thousand people.
Mostly young gawkers at intersections spill out onto Carlton Avenue, Bergen Street, and Flatbush at VMAs
Young gawkers gathered in the intersections around the red carpet trying to get a view. As I circled the perimeter before the event they were spilled onto Carlton Avenue, Bergen Street and Flatbush Avenue. In some cases (Carlton Avenue) they were there all day. Carlton Avenue at Dean was also the entrance for the thousands (?) of cast members.
MTV VMA cast is on private stoop without property owner's permission and a light is pointed in their direction
The MTV VMA cast stood on the stoop of a house near 6th Avenue in order to get a better view. A light is set up in the uplink parking lot and pointed directly toward the stoop. (see attached photos).
As part of a plan, limos for celebrities at the VMAs are sent down Dean Street in the reverse direction. They line up on the both sides of Dean Street between 6th and Carlton Avenues under people's homes, (see attached photos)
To reach Dean they travel down Carlton Avenue:
A limo parked on Bergen Street backs up against traffic to Carlton Avenue and joins the procession:
Illegally parked/idling limos on Carlton Avenue: Prospect Place to Pacific St. Only the narrow Bike Lane was open for vehicles driving north. [At 10:10 p.m. 2 fire engines, sirens blaring got stuck trying to speed north in the Bike Lane.] Herewith license plate numbers:
2013-08-27 MTV MVA Strike not complete french barriers, fencing, trash, barrier screen attached to Dean St park & other mtl remains for a 2nd day
6th Avenue from Dean Street to Atlantic Avenue was still closed after 12:00 PM when I passed by Monday.
An elderly local resident tripped on a plate covering cables Saturday. She injured her face and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. It occurred near the fire station and fire department personnel handled the incident.
The production team first put stanchions over the plate covering the cables to enhance its visibility and eventually lifted it up with a steel overhanging bridge.
This incident is over. No 311 complaint was filed. This is to archive the incident.
The driver said he came out of the loading dock and was told to get out of the way immediately. He was forced to come down Dean Street and unload his container onto the street in a bus stop. He was busy covering the container when I saw him. His truck was idling.