Thursday, February 20, 2014

Outside Barclays Center, circus trailers block streets, awaiting arena load-in (what about the parking lot?)

There's a large, unused arena parking lot one long block away from the Barclays Center. Still, yesterday, when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® brought circus trailers to Brooklyn for 23 shows between today and March 2, there were trailers all over the neighborhood, parked illegally in bus zones and blocking traffic, awaiting load-in to the arena.

The problem persisted through a good part of the evening, though, this morning, I'm told, the trailers are gone. (Presumably this will be a topic for the next Atlantic Yards Quality of Life meeting, but it's appears to be another example of how business priorities trump following the rules.)

According to a mid-afternooon post on Atlantic Yards Watch, note the trailers in the photo at right, parked in an eastbound late of Atlantic Avenue northwest of the arena, blocking the B45 bus stop.

In the photo below, the trailers are blocking the main (turning) lane on the Carlton Avenue bridge; the perspective is looking north from the southeast corner of Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street.



In the photo below, the trailers are in a no-standing zone on Atlantic Avenue next to the arena, just west of Sixth Avenue.



In the evening

As noted on Atlantic Yards Watch, circus officials at 3 pm said the load-in would take one more hour, but were still loading in at 9 pm. Illegal parking on Sixth Avenue between Dean Street and Atlantic Avenue caused traffic snags, while illegal parking in the bus stop forced pedestrians to walk into the street for the bus.

Below, trailers on Pacific Street east of Sixth Avenue.

Below, trailers on Atlantic Avenue east of Sixth Avenue.

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