Friday, January 30, 2015
Gridlock coming to Barclays Center northern flank? Arena expects 100 buses and 200 for-hire vehicles for NBA All-Star weekend nights
Notably, though Atlantic Avenue is severely constricted by a crane for the arena's green roof, and the parking/dropoff lane outside the arena is severely constricted, the Barclays Center admits some 100 coach buses and 200 for-hire vehicles will service "arena guests and event staff both Friday and Saturday nights."
"These vehicles will arrive on the arena block for guest drop-off, stage at an off-site parking lot and return to the arenas part of a highly-controlled/scheduled pick-up program at the end of the event," the arena claimed.
Note that the drop-off poses major challenges, and previous promises of controlled and scheduled procedures, notably regarding the loading dock on Dean Street, have proven empty. That Atlantic Avenue crane was supposed to have been installed last August and gone by October, but the schedule clearly slipped.
No less of a booster than Empire State Development CEO Kenneth Adams opined that traffic on a Saturday afternoon outside the arena was a "mess."
Starting at 6 pm Friday and Saturday nights, and 12 pm Sunday afternoon, the arena is "prepared to welcome approximately 15,000 guests, many of whom carry a high profile and are directly involved in the production and ancillary event throughout New York City," according to the message below.
As noted in the message, there will be no constraints on residential/business access to their properties, no major work overnight, and limited, though unspecified, parking restrictions.
From Feb. 7-16 vehicular traffic on Sixth Avenue between Pacific and Dean Street will be restricted to northbound vehicles.
There will be additional Barclays Center Pedestrian Traffic Managers and NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents helping to manage traffic.
"In addition to trailers and production vehicles, several generators are required to ensure live television broadcast integrity," the message states. The generators are noise-attenuated, and will be "located within the 6th Avenue broadcast compound from Saturday 2/7 until Monday 2/16."
That's presumably the lot on the east side of Sixth Avenue, but I've never heard it called the "compound."