More complete report on Duffield Street

From Courier-Life 05/05/2007Railroad redux – Duffield St. holds tight to Underground R.R. claimsBy Helen Klein Critics say that the Empire Development Corporation “trivialized” key pieces of data regarding Duffield Street’s connection to the historic underground railroad.A report that sought to discredit claims that downtown Brooklyn buildings scheduled for demolition were connected to the Underground Railroad […]

Second Life for Austin Nichols?

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…. HDC’s “Friend in the Media” Curbed brings us this exclusive… More info at

Three Times the Charm; the Jamaica Savings Bank to be considered for landmark designation

From Diane Jackier [email protected],Director of External Affairs, Landmarks Preservation Commission The Landmarks Preservation Commission is holding a public hearing on the proposed designation of the Jamaica Savings Bank, located at 161-02 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. The hearing will take place at the Commission’s offices located at 1 Centre Street, 9th […]

Save the Duffield Seven!

From The Brooklyn Paper The City Council this week took up the issue of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to tear down seven old houses on Duffield Street in Downtown to make room for an underground parking lot and a one-acre park. That the houses are historic is not disputed. Several of them date back to the […]

MTA continues to demolish buildings even though transit center design changes

Existing: Proposed: From the Tribeca Trib: MTA Changes Transit Center Designs By Etta SandersPOSTED MARCH 2, 2007 In coming months every building on the east side of Broadway between Fulton and John Streets will come down and only the slender Corbin building on the corner will remain. The block-long demolition will clear the way for […]

Douglaston Hill Resident Wants Home out of Historic District

From some background, and another view on this, see : Douglaston Hill Resident Wants Home out of Historic DistrictBy John Tozzi03/01/2007 The city will re-evaluate whether a house belongs in the Douglaston Hill Historic District this month after the owner sued to have the home removed. But owner Kevin Mosley said his property is […]

SHPO & LPC Agree on Archaeological Potential for St. Saviour's

From the JUNIPER PARK CIVIC ASSOCIATION ([email protected]) LPC & SHPO AGREE: ST. SAVIOUR’S HAS HIGH ARCHAEOLOGICAL POTENTIAL (February 12, 2007) In two shocking revelations, both the NYS Office of Historic Preservation and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) have admitted that the St. Saviour’s site contains the potential for recovery of archaeologically significant materials, including […]

Duffield Street Houses – Despite Museum – still slated for demolition

From the Downtown Brooklyn Star House-Turned-Museum Still Faces Wrecking BallBy Nik KovacDateline : Thursday, February 08, 2007 “There’s no marker on that house,” regretted Brooklyn College teacher, Dr. Stephen Leberstein, on the same day he’d been given a tour by the building’s owner, Joy Chatel. She lives in the attached, antebellum building with several of […]

Community protests St. John the Divine Developments

Ordinarily we let news stories pass without comment and speak for themselves but a little history is called for here. It was at the behest of the Morningside Heights Historic District Committee that the designation of the Close of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was turned back at the City Council, which had […]

Purchase Building Still Being Used, Still Planned on being Demolished

Don’t get me started about the City’s completely immoral destruction of the landmark Purchase Building for….who knows? a parking lot? An ice rink? The plans aren’t clear except that the building – despite its landmark status – isn’t there. From Courier-Life 02/01/2007Bklyn park shadowed by 9/11 – Former OEM site still part of search for […]