MTV's VMAs prep is ruffling some feathers in Prospect Heights
The VMAs are headed to the Barclays Center this Sunday, and Prospect Heights residents are shoring up for the invasion of Beliebers and Beyoncé fans.
Wed Aug 21 2013
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
The MTV Video Music Awards are headed to the Barclays Center this Sunday, and Prospect Heights residents are shoring up for the imminent invasion of Beliebers and Beyoncé fans. Understandably, locals are a little wary about how the awards show will affect their area, telling in-the-know blog Atlantic Yards Report they were concerned about noise levels and getting around the neighborhood this weekend.
Apparently, MTV is cordoning off sidewalk and street space outside the arena for a preshow, something residents say they were only just informed about. At a community meeting Monday night, a Barclays representative told them that preshow shenanigans will resonate at "concert-loud" levels. "I might have made other arrangements," Taniya Gunasekara, a Prospect Heights resident and mother of a young child, told Atlantic Yards Report. "I do feel the community was underserved." People in the neighborhood say they haven't had much opportunity to talk to anyone at MTV or to city representatives; they're also worried about navigating the area once MTV rolls out the red carpet.
Sections of Pacific and Dean Streets will be closed starting early on Saturday, and the sidewalk surrounding the Barclays Center will close Sunday, with hordes of screaming fans and paparazzi directed to viewing pens around the arena's perimeter. Residents, meanwhile, were told at Monday's community meeting that they'll be granted access to the area via various levels of "credentials," and they had until the beginning of this week to apply for parking passes in the areas where street parking has been cleared out.
Also falling temporary victim to Miley Cyrus & Co.: bikes! Hundreds of bike-parking spots have been moved to accommodate the press; thankfully, they'll be returning for good once Robin Thicke snags his Moonman.