Fans lined the streets for a chance to see their favorite star make their way in to the first major award ceremony to ever grace the borough.
Carly Aquilino and her boyfriend Chris Distefano, of the MTV show’s Girl Code and Guy Code, respectively, were on the red carpet prior to the show. The two Brooklyn locals didn’t have to walk far to attend the event.
“We’re really excited, it seems very unreal because we live right here and we walk here all the time,” said Aquiliano. “So it’s definitely a different feeling but it’s awesome.”
“It’s our first VMAs and for it to be right here is very cool,” said Distefano. “It’s really important for the city and it’s something brand new and it’s like the hippest arena in the country. It’s cool that the big MTV show is here.”
Stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, One Direction, and Daft Punk also made their way down the red carpet.
Vinny Guadagnino of Staten Island and MTV’s Jersey Shore brought his family along with him on Sunday night.
“There is no place like this, there are people hanging out of their windows and watching from their rooftops,” he said. “This is the heart of New York and we’re right in the middle of it with this huge event.”
The event closed off 6th Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Bergen Street; Dean Street between Flatbush and Vanderbilt avenues; and all lanes between 6th Street and Carlton Avenue.
While many were enjoying the VMAs, Peter Krashes, president of the Dean Street Block Association, posted videos online gauging the community’s reaction.
One resident of Dean Street for over 20 years was appalled that he had to show identification to gain access to the block he lives on. “Ten to twenty times I had to pull out my ID to the same cop over and over just to show that I live here on Dean Street,” he said.
Cops were blocking those from entering Dean Street without either a pass provided by MTV or showing a driver's license with a Dean Street address on it.
“They could have treated us a little better,” the resident continued. “It’s the VMAs and there are a lot of celebrities people have been looking forward to seeing, but at the same time you have to give the neighbors some respect.”
“I can’t lie, I enjoyed it though,” he added. “It’s good to see something like this happening and it can happen more. Just show some more love to the residents of Dean Street.”