Historic Districts Without Terra-Cotta Street Signs: A Survey

The following correction appeared in today’s New York Times:

NEW YORK A picture on Tuesday with an article about neighborhoods’ long wait for historic district street signs was published in error. (It was also published in error on Sept. 30, 2007, with an article about a proposed historic-district designation for Fiske Terrace and Midwood Park.) The photograph showed West Midwood, not the Midwood Park-Fiske Terrace historic district. The article on Tuesday, using information from the Historic Districts Council, also misstated the estimated number of districts that lacked signs. It is as many as 28 districts, not as many as 37.”

For clarity’s sake, here is the information we gathered about which districts do not have terra-cotta historic district street signs:


Name Date Designated Signs? Approx. Number of Blocks
Grand Concourse Calendared 2009 No 25
Perry Avenue 2009 No 1
Bedford Stuyvesant/

Expanded Stuyvesant Heights

Calendared 1993 n/a 23
Borough Hall Skyscraper Calendared 2010 n/a 5
Crown Heights North 2007 No 13
Crown Heights North II 2011 No 15
Crown Heights North III Calendared 2011 n/a 18
DUMBO 2007 No 19
Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory 2007 No 2
Fillmore Place 2009 No 2
Fiske Terrace/Midwood Park 2008 No 12
Ocean on the Park 2009 No 1
Park Place Calendared 2010 n/a 1
Park Slope Extension Calendared 2010 n/a 24
Wallabout 2011 n/a 1
Aubodon Park 2009 No 4
East 10th Street Calendared 2011 n/a 1
East Village/Lower East Side Calendared 2011 n/a 13
Greenwich Village Extension 2 2010 No 12
La Martine Place 2009 No 1
Madison Square North 2001 No 10
Manhattan Avenue 2007 No 2
Murray Hill 2002 No 5
Murray Hill Extension 2004 No 2
NoHo Extension 2008 No 4
NoHo East 2003 No 4
Riverside – West End Extensions Calendared 2010 n/a 53
SoHo – Cast Iron Extension 2010 No 12
Tribeca South Extension 2002 No 2
Upper East Side Extension 2010 No 7
West Chelsea 2008 No 7
West End – Collegiate Extension Calendared 2010 n/a 16
Addisleigh Park 2011 No 20
Central Ridgewood Calendared 2010 n/a 28
Douglaston Extension Calendared 2008 n/a 5
Douglaston Hill 2004 No 6
Fort Totten 1999 No 20
Ridgewood North 2009 No 4
Ridgewood South 2010 No 9


This works out to 27 historic districts and extensions without street signs with 12 more (possibly) coming up. This survey is not definitive – we have not visited each of these districts recently with the express purpose of checking on the signage. If there are errors, please let us know in the comment section. Once again, HDC believes that it is not the LPC’s responsibility to order, manufacture, or install these signs – THE CITY should be doing it and the agency who is most suited to the task is the Department of Transportation. They should know where the signs should go, they have the expertise in installing them, they have the manufacturing capacity to make signs and the crews on the streets replacing them every day. This is a project tailor-made for DOT and there is no obvious reason why they are not doing it.

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