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:
Two street trees on Dean Street between Carlton Avenue and 6th Avenue were damaged during MTV's VMAs. The trees are not badly damaged, but it is discouraging to see the damage untended by the production. The attached photographs are from Monday, August 26th at 10:30 AM.
This report was forwarded by a resident of Carlton Avenue who wishes to remain anonymous:
There was a gaggle of fans at the intersection of Dean and Carlton last
night, August 25, 2013, hoping for a glimpse of this or that celebrity
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
Versailles clothing store had a promotional party going on, tied in with the MTV awards, with amplified music blasting onto the street and a large, milling crowd partying on the sidewalk. One storefront over, at 198 Flatbush, they erected a photo backdrop and photographers (apparently hired by the store) were working from the middle of the sidewalk. The entire sidewalk was crowded to the point of impeding pedestrian traffic either physically or by intimidation (because of the large crowd, not because of any threats. It was a party atmosphere).
One of 14 or more Viacom production trucks in the arena patron parking lot idles adjacent to Dean Street for a considerable amount of time. The truck idled for at least the time of this video (over 3 minutes) plus the entire length of time it took to file the 311 complaint.
Here's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wol8Jw-_rq8
2013-08-19 2 tractor trailer B2 steel delivery trucks idling & staging in red no standing zone for over 2 hrs
2 18 wheeler tractor trailers FCRC steel deliver contractors idle & stage in red no standing zone next to residential building
[update] just reported oberserved as early as 5:30am
[update] picture of movement 1 tractor trailer time stamped @ 7:35 that documents around 2 hrs