Parks Meeting with Community Board on Cedar Grove Beach Club

11/17/11 7:00PM Staten Island Community Board 2 Sea View Hospital Lou Caravone Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Avenue, Parks will use CB#2 to follow up on their last Public Hearing on the Rehabilitation of Cedar Grove Beach. From Eleanor Dugan, former tenant at Cedar Grove (and HDC Grassroots Award winner): “There is of course NO […]

The Superblock Lives. Unfortunately.

From Spotlight on the Region, a publication of the Regional Plan Association Everyone knows the Superblock is dead. Jane Jacobs put a stake in its heart 47 years ago, with her convincing analysis that large blocks decrease street life and are less versatile than smaller blocks that provide a finer-grained network of connections. While her […]

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. […]

Rally on City Hall Steps to Protest Columbia Expansion Vote at City Council

The Coalition to Preserve Community (CPC) will hold a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall at 1:00PM today, Wednesday, Dec. 19, to protest the vote in favor of the Columbia expansion plan in West Harlem. Speaker Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg have been pushing this plan hard behind the scenes with committee […]

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 […]

Manhattanville FEIS (how's that for jargon?) is Complete: Local Preservation Group Protests Conclusions

From Manhattanville Preservation Alliance (Former Sheffield Farms Stable )3229 Broadway in Old West HarlemNew York, New York 10027CONTACT: Mary Habstritt, 917-709-5291 Final Impact Hits Manhattanville, Environmental Review Complete NEW YORK, NY—“How does an ordinary person cope with this?” demanded Anne Whitman, owner of the historic Sheffield Farms Stable. She was reacting to the release of […]

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 […]