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Reminder: first meeting of the Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee is tomorrow

Concerned about impacts from the Barclays Center--say, for example, bright signage all night or excessive honking and traffic? Or perhaps what occurs tonight around the first Brooklyn Nets home exhibition game?

Well, though no one's promoting this beyond invited guests, the first meeting of the Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee (QoLC) is coming tomorrow:
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pm
Community Room. Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street
This committee, an outgrowth of and apparently replacement for the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet led by the Brooklyn Borough President's Office and Council Member Letitia James, includes participation by representatives from community groups representing areas close to Barclays Center operations.

(The District Service Cabinet, held during business hours to accommodate the representatives of multiple public agencies and officials, did not allow for public participation.)

This committee will also feature participation by elected officials (or their representatives), Empire State Development, and Forest City Ratner.

In order to keep the meeting size manageable, participation in the committee is by invitation only. While the invitation was sent to a range of community stakeholders, it's unclear who will participate.

The meeting is open to the public. It's unclear how often the committee will meet.

No photos/video

Update: I'm told by Borough Hall the rules banning video/photos from the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet will be maintained. It's not an "open meeting" as defined under state law. And filming was banned to  "prevent disruptions."

Local businesses

WNYC reports today, in Local Businesses Assess Impact of Barclays Arena:
Devotees of Barbra Streisand seem to like falafel. Jay-Z heads generally eat and drink late into the night. Neither seem to have much interest in cupcakes or whimsical, irreverent Brooklyn-themed T-shirts, according to a recent survey of local businesses in the area.
Come back in a year and see who's still there.

CBS reports, in Business Leaders Boast About Renaissance In Brooklyn, quoting Forest City Ratner executive MaryAnne Gilmartin on the arena:
“It will be catalytic to Flatbush Avenue. It will be catalytic to B2B opportunities – business to business,” Gilmartin said.


  1. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Hi Norman, thank you very much for this blog. It's unclear whether the public can attend this meeting tonight uninvited. Can you clarify?

  2. Sorry for the lack of clarity. The meeting is open to the public to observe. Only invitees can sit at the table and participate in the dialogue.

    1. Anonymous9:01 AM

      Thanks so much, knowledge is power. If I can make it in time I will be there!


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