Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yes, city Code of Conduct was violated during MTV VMAs outside Barclays Center

There was not a lot of discussion of Atlantic Yards at last night's 78th Precinct Community Council meeting.

I asked about the progress of the announced effort to crack down on illegal parking around the Barclays Center, and was told it would be discussed next Wednesday, 12/4/13, at the Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee meeting, 6 pm at the 78th Precinct, Bergen Street and Sixth Avenue.

VMAs and the Code of Conduct

Peter Krashes of the Dean Street Block Association also updated attendees on one lingering question about the MTV Video Music Awards, held at the end of August at Dean Street and Sixth Avenue.

The block association, he said, met with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and was told that the Code of Conduct applicable to film shoots and community outreach was in effect during the weekend, confirming a lingering question.

"We did find numerous examples of violations," Krashes said.

For example, he said, the Code of Conduct required MTV to name a specific individual to handle on-site issues and provide a contact phone numbers. No name was provided, and the toll-free phone number MTV offered, he said, linked to a staffer whose job, it seemed, was to steer celebrities on the red carpet.

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