The pedestrian signal equipment is missing at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Fort Greene Place. A pedestrian walking from the plaza in front of Barclays is not instructed when to walk if choosing to walk north across Atlantic. Likewise, there is no signal for pedestrians walking west across Fort Greene Place from the Atlantic Center mall to the Atlantic Center terminal.
Photo of Atlantic Avenue crosswalk without signal from this morning is attached.
Attached is a photo forwarded me from a neighbor of a Wrestlemania truck at the Dean Street and Vanderbilt Avenue intersection. It had passed across 6th Avenue and headed east on Dean passed Dean Playground to Vanderbilt. That is an illegal route. The photo forwarded me is attached.
On my way to shopping on Flatbush I spent 15 minutes documenting problems with trucks at the arena this morning. In that time-frame I observed at least 5 violations of NYC and Atlantic Yards truck/traffic rules and regulations. This does not include the staging of probable performance-related trucks on Pacific Street this morning which appears to be another violation since it is now pretty clear they were performance related.
Should have filed 311 complaint but had no time. Truck was parked in no standing anytime zone. Driver was not in truck. The truck was labeled "Performance Food Truck."
2012-12-11 700 Pacific St car park traffic jam & blocking & driving on sidewalk
Did problems with limos at Barclays Center start with omissions in its Transportation Demand Management plan?
The framework for transportation management around Barclays Center is contained in the “Transportation Demand Management Plan for Barclays Center” (TDM), produced by Sam Schwartz Engineering, release in draft in May of 2012, and updated in August of 2012. The plan has two stated goals: “The first is to minimize the number of vehicles that travel to the arena. The second is to minimize the impact on the surrounding area from the patrons who insist on driving, regardless of the available alternatives.”
Since the arena opening on September 28, many incident reports have been submitted to AYW documenting illegal parking and idling by limousines on the streets near Barclays Center. At the December 6 Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee meeting, there was extended discussion on a plan by the 78th Precinct and DOT to allow limousines to queue on the south side of Atlantic Avenue between 6th Avenue and Carlton Avenue. Several participants (including the writer) questioned whether essentially providing free parking to limos was consistent with the goals of the TDM. Representatives from the ESDC and Forest City Ratner were quick to suggest that limos should not be considered to be covered by the TDM.
A review of the TDM shows it considered patron travel by limousine. Further, an accompanying study by Clarion Research indicates FCRC had reason to believe the TDM strategies would not be effective in reducing travel to the arena by limousine. Looking more closely at the sampling used in the Clarion study also suggests that its results almost certainly understate the number of arena patrons likely to travel to events by limousine, a potential problem that should have been apparent to FCRC when reviewing the data.
Limos observed at Bocelli concert illustrate the scope of illegal parking and idling near Barclays Center
Since the September 28th opening of Barclays Center, complaints about illegally parked and idling limosines on streets in the vicinity of the arena have made up the largest category of incident reports filed with AYW.
Between approximately 8:15 and 9:30 PM on the evening of the December 5th Andrea Bocelli concert, a small AYW team documented the scope of the problem in Fort Greene, Prospect Heights and Park Slope.
We based our research area on the information contained in incident reports on AYW and our knowledge of the area. In our experience the same illegal locations are used over and over. The western boundary was 5th Avenue in Park Slope and Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene; the southern boundary was St. Mark's in Park Slope and Dean in Prospect Heights. The eastern boundary in Prospect Heights was Vanderbilt at Dean, and otherwise Carlton Avenue. The eastern boundary in Fort Greene was South Portland. The northern boundary was Hanson Place.
We identified 83 likely violations, 64 for illegal parking and 19 for idling. One parking ticket was found on a private car parked near a hydrant on Dean Street. The details of the conditions observed are below.
2012-12-02 Limos-black cars in residential neighborhood even when they get free parking
Limos-black cars were given “free parking” from 6th Ave to Vanderbilt on S side of Atlantic & the Limos-black cars still refuse to park there.
Note: driver in video parked their car @ NW corner of Pacific & Carlton & then left their car.
Anyone can view the not used Atlantic Ave free parking area @ link below; web cam runs 24/7/365 & takes a picture every 5 min.
The sidewalk was closed on Flatbush Avenue due to work on the steel facade overhead. Was this work and the sidewalk closure associated with it approved?
The incident related to this report was November 20th at 10:20. The arena sidewalk was closed during an arena event along Atlantic Avenue. Directly above a window was broken in what looked to me to be a lounge area. A guard told me something had happened upstairs.