Monday, September 27, 2010

On the day of the Atlantic Antic, Flatbush Avenue gridlock (and no DDDB or FCR)

Yesterday, returning home from the Atlantic Antic at about 3:30 pm, I stopped at the southwest corner of Sixth and Flatbush avenues--two short blocks south of the southeast corner of the arena block-- and took out my camera.

The Atlantic Antic, the borough's biggest street festival, closes down the Atlantic Avenue artery west of Flatbush Avenue (the intersection of which is the western tip of the Atlantic Yards site).

Needless to say, traffic was heavy and, as the video indicates, unruly. Without a traffic agent at the corner, some vehicles going northwest on Flatbush blocked the intersection at Sixth, thus stopping southbound vehicles from passage.

While a Sunday afternoon in September is too early for a basketball game, it's surely a good time for a family-oriented arena event. If so, on the day of the Atlantic Antic, then the gridlock on Flatbush--even with traffic agents--likely would be worse than was observed yesterday.



Who was missing?

At last year's Atlantic Antic, with a municipal election and an eminent domain oral argument upcoming, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) had a table, as it had in previous years.

This year, with the arena under way and DDDB essentially dormant, the group had no presence at the Atlantic Antic.

Nor did Forest City Ratner or the Nets, as they had at some previous Antics. Be assured they'll be back when the arena opens.

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