The new design for the Atlantic Yards site has recently been revealed and it included a large, public plaza in front of the Barclays Center. However, recent reports include the surprising fact that groups larger than three people are not allowed on the plaza. Therefore, if you and three of your buddies plan to catch a Nets game when the Barclay’s Center opens, better not plan on meeting in the plaza beforehand or else you might get kicked out!
While the plaza was designed with the hopes that it become Brooklyn’s most popular outdoor community center, officials for Forest City Ratner announced the plans for a no-group policy at the plaza. Forest said that City Executive Vice President MaryAnne Gilmartin the Atlantic Terminal Mall policy allows security to disperse groups of four or more in order to create a safe and comfortable experience and that they plan to continue policies that create the same experience at the plaza. Yeah, that seems real comfortable…if more than three people are at what is being touted as a PUBLIC plaza for people to spend time relaxing and hanging out security will come and shuffle you out. That sounds really relaxing! Imagine if a family of four gathered for a picnic at Prospect Park and were kicked out because there were one too many? Sorry Tommy, you can’t come to the park with Mommy & Daddy today because we’re already bringing Julie and four is one too many! It’s absolutely ridiculous!
When Ms. Gilmartin announced the policy at a recent public meeting, it was met with gasps and outcries. However, these cries went virtually unheard. Forest City officials only took a few questions and refused to talk to reporters after the meeting. The development of Atlantic Yards has already faced severe controversy and opposition by Brooklynites. Residents of surrounding neighborhoods were promised that this development would be a great asset to the neighborhood and its residents. So far it sounds like Forest City has no concern for the residents and their wants or needs. We’ll see if things change between now and when the center actually opens.