Report from the LPC DUMBO hearing

The DUMBO hearing at LPC went astonishingly well, over 30 people spoke in favor – including Jed Walentas. The BID, who had been problematic about the designation , spoke in vague support – mostly to ask the LPC to make sure that the area’s Belgian block streets were protected (and restored) and asking that LPC […]

Overwhelming Support for designation for Fiske Terrace and Midwood Park

Status symbol’ for us – Overwhelming support for landmark designation By Helen Klein One person called it a veritable love-fest. At a hearing held by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) earlier this month, speaker after speaker rhapsodized about the possibility of conferring historic district status on Fiske Terrace and Midwood Park, two neighborhoods within […]

See the Ridgewood Reservior in its current state – and help save its future

The Newtown Historical Society (NHS) will be leading a walk at the Ridgewood Reservoir on the Brooklyn-Queens border this Sunday, October 28th at 1pm. Here is a short video on the history of the reservoir, it’s current state, and what we hope it will become in the near future: The Ridgewood Reservoir Education and […]

DUMBO HD to be heard on 10/30 as well!

On Tuesday, October 30 at 9:00am the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed DUMBO Historic District. One of HDC’s “Neighborhoods at Risk,” we have supported the landmark designation of DUMBO since 1999 when we co-sponsored the inclusion of the area onto the National Register of Historic Places. It’s long past […]

"Ocean on the Park" Houses Given Go Ahead by Community Board

From Brownstoner: “Last night, the board members of Community Board 9 unanimously approved an effort to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate a row of 13 rowhouses on Ocean Avenue. The “Ocean on the Park” houses, as they are being called, consist of ten limestones designed by the well-known architect Axel Hedman (who […]

Next Up at the LPC: Fiske Terrace/Midwood Park!

From the New York TimesAging Beauties, Factory-MadeBy JENNIFER BLEYERSeptember 30, 2007 Fiske Terrace and Midwood Park look and feel much as they did a century ago, when the conjoined neighborhoods were built on razed farmland in central Brooklyn. Their grand wood frame houses in the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles, with broad front porches, […]

Get to know the Brooklyn waterfront

From Dan Wiley, Here are two upcoming tours, this weekend and next: Sunday, September 30, 9:30 am – 12 noonCruising the Gowanus Canal BCUE tour led by Dan WileyMeet at Fulton Ferry Landing, foot of Old Fulton St, opposite the River Café.(Pre-payment and registration required – call Ruth Edebohls at 718-788-8500 x 208 or […]

LPC Designates Domino Sugar Factory

From Brownstoner (check it out for the action photos alone) BREAKING! LPC Approves Historic Designation for Domino “Just moments ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to designate the Domino Sugar refinery building as a New York City Landmark, ending once and for all months of speculation about the historic manufacturing building’s fate. Although the […]

Brownstoner Puts Together the Pieces

From Brownstoner: A mash-up of the Fort Greene & Clinton Hill District Expansion proposals. Include the Wallabout proposal ( and you’ve got a lot of this section of northern Brooklyn which is surveyed but still unprotected. The three proposals have a lot in common – in a good way. All three of these surveys […]

Push for Historic District in Williamsburg

From Brownstoner This afternoon the Waterfront Preservation Alliance of Greenpoint & Williamsburg will submit a historic district nomination to the LPC for Fillmore Place. A couple of real estate developers built up the Williamsburg side street (bounded by Metropolitan, Grand, Driggs and Roebling) in the 1850s according to a master plan, and it contains […]