Alex Goldmark is a senior producer in the newsroom for New Tech City and Transportation Nation.
CHART: How Barclay's Center Opening Caused Subway Surge
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 11:48 AM
It turns out you can have a 19,000 seat NBA Arena, in a crowded residential neighborhood with almost no dedicated parking and still not snarl traffic during a sold out show ... at least for one opening night concert.
Friday night was the first of eight sold out concerts by Jay-Z. As Janet Babin and Stephen Nessen of WNYC report, "an epic exodus, it wasn't."
Transit use certainly played a role in keeping the roads clear. The Barclay's Center is the new home to the Nets basketball team -- in which Jay-Z owns a small but visible stake -- and is served by 11 transit lines and commuter rail. As the chart above shows, subway ridership spiked by more than 5,000 at the arena's station compared to previous days.
Babin and Nessen were on the scene:
Traffic thickened, but moved along with no major backups. Officers directed the flow of vehicles at all key intersections surrounding the arena, easing congestion and assisting pedestrians. Horns blared as a street sweeping vehicle crawled down Flatbush Avenue, cleaning the street despite the late hour.
Officials from the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council surveyed the area throughout the concert, looking for problems spots. The group said it will continue to look for trouble areas related to the Barclays Center.
Read the full report on opening night at our partner WNYC.