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.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will take place on Sunday, August 25th at Barclays Center. Below is a timetable for street closures, construction work, amplified sound and pedestrian access. The list is based on information provided by the 78th Precinct Community Council and the 78th Precinct. It has been updated to include detail about amplified sound and viewer pens.
6th Avenue from Dean Street to Flatbush will also be closed to traffic partially or in total starting at noon Friday. Some of the time amplified sound is scheduled 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) from 12:00 pm to MONDAY, 8/26 12:00 am midnight - WILL PERIODICALLY INCLUDE PEDESTRIANS
Vibrations are shaking the building. Reported to me by a sixth floor resident.
Vibrations are shaking our apartment building. This was reported to me by an 8th floor resident.
Severe building vibrations due to construction. This was reported to me by a neighbor on the south side of my building (Dean Street side).
535 Dean Street is shaking due to drilling in the railyards
2013 07 15 Buses idling or generators running on Barclays pad, TV lot & neighborhood - WWE Monday Night Raw
Buses idling or generators running on Barclays pad, TV lot & neighborhood first noticed around 4am. If the buses are ‘hooked into Barclays power centre’ there are no connecting cables are visible either on the pad & TV lot, pictures show no cabling to the buses or TV satellite truck directly.
Video 1 – 4:14 am
00:42 generator operating
01:27 generator gets louder
An uncovered dumpster in the construction site where the removal of the south retaining wall is taking place contains food waste. The dumpster appears to also hold a mix of office equipment and construction debris.
Keeping food waste separate and contained was part of the plan detailed to the community to keep the rodent population down in 2011. There was no change in the status of the dumpster between the 7th and the 11th of July. It may have been in this location for some time.
This garbage (see photo) in the B4 footprint has been in the same location on a continuing basis for months. The garbage is caught in fencing surrounding LIRR rails.
Heard a very loud piece of machinery drive past my home. Went outside and saw what appeared to be the machine used to remove pavement, closely followed by a large semi truck.
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