Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Details on arena plaza farmers market emerge: Wednesdays beginning July 10

A farmers market is planned to operate outside the Barclays Center on Wednesday beginning July 10 through November 27, with participants setting up on Flatbush Avenue beginning at 6 am and everything finished by 4 pm, before arena events begin.

That was the message Cathy Chambers of GrowNYC, which operates 55 farmers markets around the side, told the Transportation Committee of Community Board 2 last night, which voted to support the plan by a vote of 9-2.

There was some concern on the committee about how much the market might impede pedestrian traffic on the Flatbush sidewalk, and a question as to why the plaza itself would not be used for the market.

The answer: that might impede pedestrians, especially those entering and leaving the subway hub, even more, and it was more efficient to have the tents near the trucks. She was joined by arena Community Affairs Manager Terence Kelly.

Chris Hrones of the Department of Transportation, while not objecting to the plan, said he wanted to have colleagues review it. (The New York Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority had already said they were OK with the plan, Chambers noted.)

The plan would require a modification of "No Standing" parking rules in the Flatbush Avenue lay-by lane, where some of the vendor vehicles would be parked. Others would drive to other farmers markets.

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