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 […]

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

From Brownstoner: http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2007/10/oceans_13_a_bid.php “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, […]

Flatbush to be rezoned?

From Courier-Life 07/27/2007City is ‘down’ with Flatbush rezoningBy Helen Klein In response to requests from area residents and officials to consider down-zoning portions of East Flatbush, the Department of City Planning (DCP) has begun evaluating the western section of the board area for a possible rezoning. Following a meeting with Community Board 17 members, DCP […]

Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park HD to be heard on October 16

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering the Fiske Terrace- Midwood Park neighborhood in Brooklyn for designation as a New York City historic district. On September 19, 2006 the Commission calendared the proposed historic district for a public hearing to be held October 16, 2007.Click here to read more about this largely intact, early 20th century […]

Hidden Brooklyn Enclave Opens Its Doors June 10

Hidden neighborhood, home to 4 historic districts and 100’s of turn-of-the-century houses with elegant yards and expansive porches, to open their doors for historic house tour. BROOKLYN, NY, MAY 13, 2007 – The 2007 Victorian Flatbush House Tour includes interiors from many of the hundreds of turn-of-the-century homes, all with wide porches and dazzling yards, […]

Rezoning Victorian Flatbush

From Courier-Life 05/03/2007 Race to save Victorian Flatbush By Helen Klein While Victorian Flatbush is best known for its tree-shaded streets lined with expansive homes, a mismatch between the underlying zoning and the built environment in certain parts of the area has resulted in such anomalies, with residents believing that they are in a race […]

Is NYC Letting Erasmus High School Rot?

From Flatbush Life 02/22/2007Alarm over Erasmus Hall safety By Helen Klein Is Brooklyn’s little old schoolhouse falling into ruin? That’s the concern that has been voiced about the landmarked 18th century schoolhouse within the courtyard of Erasmus Hall High School, at Flatbush and Church Avenues. According to Community Board 14 member Marshall Tames, the venerable […]

More Details on the Race for the 40th & HDC's candidate forum

From Courier-Life 02/15/2007Hot seat: Nine vie for council post – Candidates court voters at P.S. 217By Helen Klein This time, the focus was neighborhood preservation. Candidates for the vacant seat in the 40th Councilmanic District, gathered at Public School 217, Newkirk and Coney Island Avenues, for a forum organized by the Historic Districts Council (HDC), […]

The Future of Flatbush – Candidate Forum Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, February 8, the Historic Districts Council and the Coalition of Concerned Preservation Voters in the 40th District are sponsoring a public forum with candidates for the City Council’s 40th District special election. As the District includes several historic districts in Flatbush, candidates will discuss important preservation and development concerns including questions of landmark […]