There will be a strong police presence on the streets around Barclays Center starting with the Jay-Z concert on September 28, controlling crowds and trying to bring some sanity to what is bound to be a traffic nightmare. The crowds are something police think they can handle, but traffic and parking remain the big issue for the arena.
At a meeting this week, the commanding officer of the local police precinct talked to local residents about the NYPD plans for the 200+ nights when events will fill the neighborhood with between 15,000 and 18,000 fans. Everyone hopes most will arrive and depart via mass transit.
"When it comes to parking, when it comes to residential traffic, it’s going to be a problem," Capt. Michael Ameri admitted. "One of our plans is to flood the area with transit agents and tow trucks. We want to make it clear that public transit is the way to go."
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