Wednesday, September 05, 2012

"September is Just the Beginning" banners suddenly appear on Prospect Heights streets

Residents of Prospect Heights, notably Dean and Pacific streets near the Barclays Center arena, woke up this morning to see banners advertising the arena attached to light poles, making the residential streets just a bit more commercial.

There were approximately six on Dean between Carlton and Vanderbilt and seven on Pacific a block away. Such banners are also on Sixth Avenue and, I'm sure, be spotted on several other streets.

People went to bed last night, woke up, and saw "banners all over our neighborhood," asked Pacific Street resident Wayne Bailey at a community meeting tonight on the proposed Neighborhood Protection Plan, echoing widespread dismay.

"We just noticed," replied Forest City Ratner External Affairs VP Ashley Cotton, who explained that "that is the Barclays Center marketing program, sold via NYC and Company," the city tourism agency. Perhaps any residential street is subject to such banners--at least if they're on a path to a facility like the arena.

On Dean Street; photo by Tracy Collins
On Sixth Avenue between Dean and Bergen streets; photo by AYInfoNYC

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