Preservation Now!: Free February Talks and Panels

Historic Districts Council’s 19th Annual Preservation Conference: Preservation Now! Pre-Conference Panel Discussions: As part of Preservation Now!,HDC is pleased to present panel discussions on emerging topics in preservation. These programs are FREE but RSVP is required. Preservation and Technology Wednesday, February 20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Advances in technology have changed the ways we can interpret […]

Best of 2007: Historic Duffield Street Residence Spared from Eminent Domain Efforts

Sometimes you can catch lighting in a bottle. In 2004, when Joy Chatel learned that her mid-19th century rowhouse at 227 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn was to be seized for demolition by the City as part of the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning plan, she began a tireless campaign to preserve the building against enormous odds. […]

Admiral's Row Mobile, courtesy of Curbed

Blatantly and completely mirrored from Curbed, because sometimes you can’t improve on brillance:Thursday, December 6, 2007, by Robert[Photo via Brit in Brooklyn] There’s a meeting coming up next week in Brooklyn about the “proposed disposal” of the buildings on the Brooklyn Navy Yard property alternately called Admiral’s Row or Officer’s Row. We know this because […]

Speaking Truth to Power: Duffield Street Home Spared from Eminent Domain

Last week, it was announced that 227 Duffield Street, which was slated to be demolished as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, will be spared. Read all about it. Duffield Street Saved!Brooklyn Downtown STAR City woman leads charge against eminent domainamNewYork Real Estate Round-Up Sympathetic Judge Helps Save Alleged …Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Truesdell Duffield Street House Saved from Eminent Domain

Press Conference!Monday December 3, 2007, 12 PM227 Duffield Street (between Fulton & Willoughby Streets in Brooklyn) Contacts: Joy Chatel, (347) 731-5481Ilana Berger, Families United for Racial and Economic and Equality, (347) 645-4255Jennifer Levy, South Brooklyn Legal Services, (917) 543-7201Raul Rothblatt, Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, (646) 498-6093 Invited Speakers: Councilmembers Charles Barron, Letitia James, Tony […]

Hope for Duffield Street Houses?

This just in from Curbed, “It looks like the city is going to build a museum in downtown Brooklyn to commemorate the Underground Railroad movement and the buildings it is going to tear down to build a build an underground garage and a park on Duffield Street. Yesterday, the city asked for RFPs for a […]

Eminent Domain Continues on Duffield Street

Down on DuffieldBy Ariella CohenThe Brooklyn Paper One resident hopes to save home All she wants is a meeting with Mr. Mayor. Homeowner Joy Chatel believes that she could, if given the chance, convince Mayor Bloomberg to abandon a longstanding plan to raze her Duffield Street home — a wood-frame structure that many historians believe […]

More on Commemorating Abolition – not Saving Buildings

City now seeks ‘Railroad’ tiesBy Dana RubinsteinThe Brooklyn Paper Oh the irony: After spending more than two years preparing for the demolition of Duffield Street homes that many believe were stations on the Underground Railroad, the Bloomberg Administration now says it wants to “to commemorate abolitionist activity that occurred in Brooklyn in the 1800s.” Bloomberg […]

City Set to Seize Abolitionst Homes, then commemorate them

City Seeks Developer for Downtown Park, GarageEminent Domain Ruling on Alleged Underground Railroad Homes to Follow by Sarah Ryley ([email protected])Brooklyn Daily Eaglepublished online 08-16-2007 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The city officially began seeking a developer for the “Willoughby Square” park and underground garage on Monday, the same day Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $2 million project […]

Commemoration or Preservation on Duffield Street

From the Downtown Brooklyn Star Preserving Brooklyn’s AbolitionistsBy Shane MillerDateline : Thursday, August 16, 2007 The city has agreed to undertake a project to commemorate the role Brooklyn played in the abolitionist movement, but it likely won’t silence the loudest critics of the city’s refusal to spare homes on Duffield and Gold streets that many […]