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Is the Barclays Center using Dean Playground for staff meetings?

The nearest neighbors of the Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park report enormous frustration with impacts of construction and arena operations--noise, truck traffic on residential streets, idling limos at night on residential blocks, incursions on public space--as I'll detail more shortly.

At a meeting Monday night of the Dean Street Block Association, residents said construction workers regularly eat lunch in the Dean Playground, just half a block from the arena. It's off-limits to adults who aren't supervising kids, but is conveniently located in a residential district that otherwise doesn't offer places for workers to take a break.

That's not allowed, agreed Marty Maher, Chief of Staff to the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner.

And yesterday, a reader sent me photos of what appeared to be a meeting of Barclays Center workers in the playground, which would have been improper unless they had a permit. I queried the arena community affairs rep and press office but didn't hear back.


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