Expanding Historic District Boundaries- Survey


In 2003, HDC reviewed all the existing NYC historic districts to determine if the streets immediately surrounding the designated district retained the same integrity of historic architecture. The resulting survey, published here, reveals often they do: Designated historic districts are almost invariably smaller than their historic neighborhoods, sometimes so much so that several blocks of intact historic buildings are left in jeopardy.

HDC’s Boundaries project consists of two sections:

A detailed analysis of why historic district boundaries need to be revisited

The following examples represent some of the most vivid cases of the “under-designation” dilemma. Their boundaries were too narrowly and arbitrarily drawn to provide full protection for the traditional neighborhoods:

MAP Park Slope - 2 MAP Mount Morris extension  Map Proposed HD Extension
Fort Greene Extension MAP St. George - 2 copy MAP Tribeca - 2

Two examples that illustrate how the Landmarks Preservation Commission successfully expanded an under-designated historic district

MAP Hamilton Heights extension copy noho extension


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