|Media check-in outside B3 site at Sixth Ave. & Dean St.|
For locals, inevitably, there was mission creep in terms of arena activities taking over local streets. We knew--at least the morning after an arena rep refused to confirm it--that Dean Street outside the arena, between Flatbush and Vanderbilt avenues would be closed to vehicles to allow drop-off of VIPs.
(Note the difference, however, between the first notice below issued Oct. 15, and an updated Oct. 19 notice that adjusted the street closure start from 5 pm to 4 pm and the Red Carpet start from 6:30 pm to 6 pm.)
What annoyed residents, I'm told, was that Dean Street outside the arena was also shut down to pedestrians, thus inconveniencing locals who wanted a direct walk home. That was not part of the public notice.
Then again, it did offer an all-purpose CYA: "Security and crowd control measures will be introduced and directed by the NYPD as needed."
Note that no closures are announced for Thursday's Powerhouse 2015 concert, but vehicular drop-offs for "talent and high-level event staff" are planned on Dean Street as well. So keep watch for any additional security/crowd control measures.