But if is supposed to monitor public commitments regarding the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project--and not just leave them for the periodic Quality of Life meetings (the next one is April 22)--the AY CDC must address the situation that emerged last Tuesday.
During the morning, hundreds of buses delivering arenagoers to a huge private event--the memorial for Orthodox Jewish educator Sara Schenirer--inundated neighborhood streets, double-parking on both Flatbush Avenue and residential streets (photos, video), and blocking bus stops and hydrants.
As I wrote, this in no way resembled the Barclays Center announcement that "Buses will be parked and staged downstairs in our loading dock, outside on the arena block and across the street at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Fort Greene Place."
Nor was there sufficient warning of public impacts. (This event didn't even make the monthly calendar distributed by the Barclays Center.)
How did it happen?
As one bus driver put it, "I don't see how they scheduled something like this for Barclays Center knowing there was no parking for 300 buses." (The total was 270, according to VosIzNeias, a news outlet aimed at the Orthodox Jewish community.)
So, why did this happen? The arena survives its very tight fit--backing into a residential neighborhood--because most people take public transit. (And, of course, those driving can find parking places in an area where there is no residential permit parking, as residents have requested.)
This time very few people took public transit. This has happened for certain other events--especially those involving children--but not quite on this level, as far as I can tell.