It’s already begun. If you’ve been near the Flatbush end of 5th Avenue at all in the past 24 hours, you’ve likely noticed the beginnings of the MTV Video Music Awards– the celebrity-packed award show hitting Barclays this Sunday at 8 pm. It’s going to be a crazy weekend, as days of construction work lead right into hours of screaming fans as they wait for their favorite pop stars.
Here’s how all of this will affect the rest of us.
Set construction around the perimeter of Barclays started at 8 am this morning and will continue until 9 pm on Saturday.
6th Avenue between Dean Street & Atlantic Avenue: 12 pm Friday – 12 am Monday
Dean Street between Flatbush & Carlton Avenues: 7 am Saturday – 12 am Monday
Pacific Street between 6th & Carlton Avenues: 7 am Saturday – 12 am Monday
Pacific Street between 4th & Flatbush Avenues: 2 pm Sunday – 12 am Monday
*ALL-DAY SUNDAY: street closures will apply even to pedestrians, residents must show ID.
OH, AND YOU CAN’T GO HERE EITHER
Sidewalk closure of perimeter of Barclays Center (including partial plaza closure): 2 pm Sunday – 12 am Monday
Dean Street Park playground closure: all day Sunday
B45 will be rerouted around closures Saturday & Sunday
B41 & B67 will bypass Barclays Flatbush Avenue stops on Sunday (times TBD)
B45 will bypass Barclays Atlantic Avenue stops on Sunday (times TBD)
Barclays Center subway access will remain open
This is inevitable, and your best bet will be to avoid anything in a five block radius (unless you are a resident [WITH ID!]). It seems there might be some effort to corral the herds of Beleibers, Monsters, Bey Hive, and the like in “viewer pens,” however, which may be set up on Pacific Street at Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue and Dean Street, and the plaza in front of Target.
Because we live in a voyeuristic world in which we’ve decided that everything is interesting at all times, MTV has set up a live-streaming video feed of the areas surrounding Barclays that looks like it goes until 3pm. Watch it here, or better yet, go over to Dean Street and do a little dance for all of those avid watchers.
The VMAs will hold an hour-long preshow on Sunday at 8 pm, taking place in the Barclays plaza. The show will include performances by Austin Mahone and Ariana Grande, plus a set by DJ duo Nervo and a “first official look” at upcoming action-thriller Divergent. (Congratulations if any of those names mean anything to you!)
This will be at the height of the chaos, since it will also be when all of the celebrities are shuffling into the arena in between awkward interviews by MTV News reporters Sway Calloway, Christina Garibaldi, and James Montgomery.
*NSYNC’S RUMORED REUNION?!
Brokelyn is hosting the anti-VMA party, I Wanted My MTV. Stop by Last Exit (136 Atlantic Avenue) at 7 pm on Sunday for a free celebration of the glory days of MTV (a.k.a. “when there was actual music on the network, before everything got terrible and all full of Teen Moms and Teen Wolves”), featuring classic music videos from Stephen Pitalo of the Golden Age of Music Video, a celebrity photo booth, a custom-made “Pin the Sunglasses on Robin Thicke” game, and a Justin Beiber dartboard.
So, how are you guys feeling about the VMAs’ arrival? Are you skipping town or checking it out? Be sure to snap photos if you see anything crazy and send them our way, either at email@example.com or on Twitter at @TheStoopBK. Or join us at 5th Avenue spots like Duke of Montrose, Alchemy, or Uncle Barry’s, where we’ll be watching the spectacle from a safe distance with whisky in hand.