NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Barclays Center under construction at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn will become the home of the NBA’s Nets, and the fans will need somewhere to park their cars.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

Two long avenues from the arena on the residential corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street is what will be one of New York City’s largest parking lots.

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“It’s gonna create traffic backups all along these streets as people wait to get in and out of the lot,” said Gib Veconi of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council. “Not only do you get the noise and the traffic and everything else, but you don’t get any of benefits that were promised for the project.”

He believes cars will have to be stacked and he just can’t get a straight answer from developer Forest City Ratner.

“If it was going to be designed according to city standards, we would only 500 cars in it and it wouldn’t be landscaped. It would be a very, very different set of impacts. Unfortunately, the mayor is a strong supporter of this project,” said Veconi.

The lot is slated to have 1,100 spots.

“I think the lot should comply with New York City zoning regulations,” said Peter Krashes, president of the Dean Street Block Association. “They’re changing the lot to make it work for the developer. Why don’t they take some input from the community?”

A spokesman for Forest City Ratner says they are doing an analysis to minimize the impact on the neighborhood.

Comments (9)
  1. KPMc says:

    Let me get this straight…

    People are complaining there are TOO MANY parking spots now? First people complained there wouldn’t be enough.

    Just proves that the “againstavists” will come up with anything to complain about, especially when it comes to progress and their attempt to halt it.

    1. Fact Checker says:

      Actually, critics of the Atlantic Yards project have been nearly universal in saying that there are, and always have been, too many parking spots planned for the arena. This boondoggle was sold as transit-oriented development; huge parking lots only encourage people to drive.

      1. KPMc says:

        Oh… so neighbors weren’t concerned that a lack of arena parking spots would take up the spots they use for their own cars? I guess I was following a different project for the past 8 years or so.

        Opponents were universal in nothing which is why their concerns weren’t addressed. You spent your time trying to block the entire project completely instead of accepting the fact it was going to happen and work on the things that could be improved.

        Facts Checked!

  2. brklynmind says:

    How is this one of NYC’s largest parking lots – there are bigger lots all over the place – State St in Downtown Booklyn for example; Stop with the sensational headlines that are B.S.

  3. Culver says:

    This is just a bad idea. There are countless subway lines and buses, plus the LIRR. Advertising driving to the game is just wrong in this case. The area is already congested and they want people to drive there and make it worse, and then cram into a parking lot.

  4. Bklyn mom says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it! That area is already congested with the mall on the other side of Flatbush. Why can’t people take public transportation to the games?

    1. Tommy says:

      Because a lot of the people who will come there are from places that don’t have good access to public transportation. Try getting home to NJ on from Downtown Brooklyn at night via public transportation, it takes like 3 hours. The arena is in a bad location, period.

      1. KPMc says:

        I traveled TO NJ (Meadowlands) from Brooklyn countless times growing up to go to sporting events and concerts. it’s not that hard it is just that most people are selfish and lazy.

      2. Phil says:

        its a great location for long islanders, being right across the street from Atlantic Terminal

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