A Summary of the Barclays Neighborhood Protection Plan


On Tuesday, a multitude of politicians and neighborhood groups came together to present the Barclays Center Neighborhood Protection Plan and call on Forest City Ratner and ESDC to be more responsive to community concerts. While traffic and alcohol-related issues have consumed most of the headlines, the plan also addresses issues like security and sanitation, points out Atlantic Yards Report. The Brooklyn Eagle had a good summary of the proposal, which we’ve quoted liberally from below on the jump.

* Making the NYPD’s 78th Precinct responsible for policing the arena. Because the area falls into several precincts, there has been some confusion over who would have jurisdiction.
* Making the arena operators responsible for maintaining sanitary conditions on the arena block and nearby, including providing recycling bins and street baskets and power-washing sidewalks.
* Installing signs directing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to large arterial roads and hiring a “robust number” of traffic enforcement agents at the expense of Forest City Ratner or its affiliates.
* Having official government regulation of shuttle and charter buses, taxis, black cars, “dollar vans,” vehicle noise, music and honking; and
* Adding more transportation demand management, including a residential parking program, installing a tax surcharge on all parking lots and garages within a half-mile of the arena during events, and analyzing the impact of remote parking lots and shuttle buses.

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  • Wow, a glass patty between rusted steel buns. In addition to the traffic we have the problem of a hideous building!

    • I assumed as I watched this being built that somehow there would be a finish to the metal or a facade covering it or something. It truly looks hideous.

      **Edit: According to wikipedia, the facade includes “12,000 preweathered steel panels, which are meant to evoke the image of Brooklyn’s brownstones.” Hahahaha…what??

    • I assumed as I watched this being built that somehow there would be a finish to the metal or a facade covering it or something. It truly looks hideous.

      **Edit: According to wikipedia, the facade includes “12,000 preweathered steel panels, which are meant to evoke the image of Brooklyn’s brownstones.” Hahahaha…what??

  • While the arena is kind of gross, it’s nowhere near as hideous as that styrofoam mall across the street, and PC Richards is uglier too.

    I hope they can add the restoration of the traffic bridge over the cut to their demands.

    • Restoring the traffic bridge on Carlton Ave is one of the conditions for the arena being able to open and it looks like construction is under way. (Although as someone who lives on Carlton, I’m not super psyched for it to become a thru-way again…)

  • You people are so conservative, I thought Brooklyn was supposed to be a progressive and free thinking place!

    This a wonderful and striking solution for a large arena building, and in the end it will bring some notoriety to our borough. Do you all think that it should have been made of brownstone? Be realistic.

    It seems that the arena just has a lot of haters who will never find anything good to say about it.

    • I have no problem with the design of the arena and actually quite like it. FWIW, this is a pretty bad camera angle. The problem with the whole project is down the the cynical way it has been planned and executed. Behind closed door negotiations that removed any regulatory powers from local elected officials. Phoney marketing with images of rooftop skating rinks and green public spaces. Promises of jobs and affordable housing. No governance, no oversight. As an example: construction is permitted until 3AM, Mon-Fri. If you lived 2 blocks away from the footprint, as I do, the nighttime noise would have you climbing the walls.

      • The design truly sucks … but less so that the originally-planned Gehry piece of crap. (emperor’s new clothes, anyone?). The execution only makes it suck more.
        Brooklyn was not in need of notoriety; it was doing quite well before this monstrosity was inflicted upon the borough. The sole purpose of this project was for Bloomberg and his cronies to do a favor for Ratner, further enriching R at the public trough.
        I look forward to the failure of this project and it’s ultimate future destruction, preferably with Ratner and Bloomberg inside.

        • Morralkan, just to clarify — the project was primarily designed for George Pataki to do a favor for Ratner, his friend and former college classmate. Pataki appointed the members of the ESDC who approved the project, and although Bloomberg, Markowitz and others certainly used their influence to the detriment of the people of Brooklyn, I would place the bulk of the blame on Pataki. This was done on the state level.

      • The design truly sucks … but less so that the originally-planned Gehry piece of crap. (emperor’s new clothes, anyone?). The execution only makes it suck more.
        Brooklyn was not in need of notoriety; it was doing quite well before this monstrosity was inflicted upon the borough. The sole purpose of this project was for Bloomberg and his cronies to do a favor for Ratner, further enriching R at the public trough.
        I look forward to the failure of this project and it’s ultimate future destruction, preferably with Ratner and Bloomberg inside.

  • A Gadani ship-breaking yard comes to mind…

    As a side note what’s up with having to accept all the third party cookies in order to post a comment?

  • How about a Ratner-Barclays Scorecard – Promises Kept vs. Promises Broken? e.g. Transportation –> score one for Promises Broken.

  • Aesthetics aside, what I don’t get is how they plan to keep the facade from becoming a giant pigeon roost once the jackhammering stops and the dropped/improperly discarded junk food starts. Surely there is some finishing touch that will seal all the openings between the panels, right?

  • Is Barclay’s having second thoughts about putting their name on such an ugly building.

    @Designerbiker – Brooklyn needs notoriety?

  • There once was a parking garage at LaGuardia Airport with this rusted metal finish that has been re clad or demolished. This was another cost cutting ‘concept’ that had fell out of use in the seventies. The shape and form of the form isn’t so bad but the finishes and materials are so shoddy that it is very bad lipstick on a very ugly pig. Maybe Christo could wrap the thing up and it would not be such a blight.

  • What a bunch of miserable people. Can’t wait for it to open.

  • It wasn’t that The Gehry design was that wonderful, but because he was so fashionable it would have been a landmark. His fine museum transformed Bilbao into a major tourist attraction. Now Brooklyn didn’t need help from bloomberg’s cronies it was jogging along just fine with the yuppies and the hipsters making it a better place. When this arena is completed it will change Brooklyn like a juggernaut hitting a baby carriage. Maybe it won’t be all bad, maybe there will be some decent restaurants, clubs, bars and shops in the shadow of the arena. Maybe the streets won’t be congested, maybe ticket touts and prostitutes won’t be doing their business. But we can see that this will be a rusty lump of a structure.

    One thing we do know is that this structure is a rusty lump.