Monday, April 22, 2013

During "Blackout in Brooklyn," the usual illegal parking and idling in the streets around Barclays Center; Pad packed with parking, idling

So, there was a frenzy inside the Barclays Center Saturday night for the first Brooklyn Nets playoff game. What about outside? As reported on Atlantic Yards Watch, there were numerous cars and limos parking or idling illegally, as well as dubious use of the "Pad" outside the loading dock on Dean Street between Flatbush and Sixth avenues for idling and parking.

The total: 64 potential violations, 10 for idling, and 45 for illegal parking.

Atlantic Yards Watch's Peter Krashes summarized it as Some changes in limo behavior emerge but illegal parking and idling violations continue and provided the video below of a bus and limo idling in a bus stop on Atlantic Avenue.



AYW's summary:
Notably not a single black limo was parked in the official location designated by the Department of Transportation for TLC parking on the south side of Atlantic Avenue from 6th Avenue to Carlton Avenue. ...
The changes to black limo behavior were largely on the north side of Barclays Center. The lay-by lane on the south side of Atlantic Avenue was full from Fort Greene Place to 6th Avenue a few minutes before the end of the game. This makes sense because of the VIP exit nearby, and the many exits of the arena lining Atlantic Avenue. The north side of Atlantic Avenue from Fort Greene Place to South Portland Avenue, formerly filled with city employee cars and private cars, was largely filled with black limos and/or private cars with drivers this time around. And the dispatcher for the car service stand on Fort Greene Place stated that his cars were for both the mall and the arena.
Illegal idling/parking

One post, concerning vehicles in and around Fifth Avenue below Flatbush Avenue south of the anrea, is labeled Illegal parking and idling at all the usual spots on 5th Avenue etc. 15 cars tonight in one 15 minute period. A couple were ultimately ticketed, while a cop and a traffic enforcement agent (TEA) promised to move others, though the TEA "said that they always come back"--even to a bus stop.

Another post, focused on locations north and east of the arena, is titled Illegal parking and idling violations continue; some enforcement evident. One driver had an "ambulance service" placard, though he acknowledged he was there for the arena,

Other had a placards saying "Federal Law Enforcement" or a Police Department restricted parking permit, both legal if on official business. But a private vehicle with "NYC PBA"(Police Benevolent Association) is not actually legal.

At a bus stop on Atlantic Avenue east of the arena, a limo was next to an idling bus; their drivers claimed they'd been told by cops to park there, despite an official area across the street.

What about the Pad?

As explained in Equipment bus idles on Pad; valet parking for coaches and staff, a staff member acknowledged that a bus had been idling illegally for at least 40 minutes, and the rest of the cars outside were used for valet parking, for people such as coaches and supervisors.

Not everyone could fit.

As shown in the photo at right, a BMW with New Jersey plates was parked in satellite uplink parking lot across Sixth Avenue just north of Dean Street. Given that the car had been parked in the Pad, it apparently got nudged out by others with better timing and/or higher priority.

The Pad (see video here)--just east of the arena and separated from the Building 3 by a fence--was never announced or described as a parking area.

Then again, as once driver who works for an NBA player explained, most arenas have designated parking for players inside the facility, and that some 30 VIP vehicles (players, families of players, owners, staff) park inside the arena, entering through the loading dock and going downstairs. The spillover goes to the Pad--or, apparently, across the street.

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