The need for real-time response: work at Dean/Sixth poses hazards, and "No accountability looks like this"
One knotty issue raised at the 3/15/16 meeting of the Atlantic Yards Development Corporation (AY CDC) was the need for timely reporting about construction impacts, given the six-month lag in producing overall assessments of the recent quarter's incident reports. (There's even less assessment of arena operational impacts.)
But the need for real time assessment/feedback remains. Consider the Instagram posts below, from two days ago, from Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park neighbor Peter Krashes.
They suggest "one of the worst cluster fks on Dean between Flatbush and 6th that I've seen in a long while," he reported, as a closed pedestrian passage, illegal parking, and tree trimming combined to pose hazards to pedestrians. Then contractors installing an electrical system closed the street, with no apparent coordination between projects.
There was no signage to alert pedestrians, no announcement at bus stops, and no clear alert to neighbors (though the latest Construction Update warn of unspecified temporary closures of the sidewalk).
"No accountability looks like this," he wrote, adding that various official representatives were present. "There were plenty of people you would think would know to immediately correct the situation on the ground: ESD [Empire State Development], STV [a state consultant], and Sam Schwartz [the developer's contractor]. Plus the contractors. Who is in charge? Who has the protocols to fix problems in a timely way."
Those are reasonable questions. I asked ESD yesterday for any comment, but haven't heard back yet. I'll update if I get one. But it again raises the importance of real-time reaction in the field, as well as a willingness to address concerns publicly in real time.
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around, does it make a sound? One of the worst cluster fks on Dean between Flatbush and 6th that I've seen in a long while. This time around it was observed by me, Sam Schwartz Pedestrian monitors, and the State's onsite "eye of the community." Here's what was unsafe and/or illegal: 1) the pedestrian passage around B2 was closed leaving only the sidewalk on the other side of the street. At the same time in that stretch the trees were being pruned and branches were falling into the sidewalk. No one was watching out for pedestrians. Look closely at this photograph. March 23, 2016 at 10:05 am @empirestatedev @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot @nyc311 @nycmayorsoffice @hdr_inc #PacificParkbk #bciza @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report
2). Also at 10 am contractors for B3 parked three trucks in the Dean turning lane in order to unload. This is illegal as far as I know. this was cleared away when I returned an hour later. They probably finished what they needed to do. Were they ticketed? @nycmayorsoffice @nyc_dot @nypd78thpcc #bciza #PacificParkbk @empirestatedev @hdr_inc @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report
4) and then what gets added to the mix? Contractors installing an electric system for B2 close the street without notice. I assume this is why Sam Schwartz was there -- suggesting coordination not apparent on the ground. I pointed out the unsafe condition with the tree cutting but they said that's another project. Sure, but The core problem was that the pedestrian passage was closed around B2, limiting options. 11:00 am March 23, 2016. @empirestatedev @nycmayorsoffice @nyc_dot @nypd78thpcc #PacificParkbk #bciza @samschwartz @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report
What's the result for pedestrians? When the street is functionally closed you take the street. Good choice or no choice. No announcement I'm aware of street being closed. No signage either except for pedestrian way around B2. @empirestatedev @hdr_inc @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice @nypd78thpcc @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report #bciza #PacificParkbk @samschwartz
5).oops. Someone forgot to notify the MTA and post notices art bus stops. What's the bus do? Take Carlton to Dean. People waiting for the bus at stops on Dean are probably still waiting. photo 11 am March 23. @empirestatedev @hdr_inc #PacificParkbk #bciza @mta @nypd78thpcc @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report
Tree cutting with pedestrians underneath. Not safe. Pacific Park contractors shut the other sidewalk leaving no choice. Can't you just see the finger pointing in other directions happening on written records and in meetings? No accountability looks like this. @nypd78thpcc @nycmayorsoffice @nyc311 @hdr_inc @empirestatedev #PacificParkbk #bciza @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot
There were plenty of people you would think would know to immediately correct the situation on the ground: ESD, STV, and Sam Schwartz. Plus the contractors. Who is in charge? Who has the protocols to fix problems in a timely way? @empirestatedev @hdr_inc @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice @nyc311 #PacificParkbk #bciza @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report