Next month the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on the proposed expansion of the Park Slope Historic District, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The proposed extension, shown in green on the map above, will be bounded by Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West to the north and east; 14th Street to the south; 5th Avenue down to President Street and then 7th Avenue from President to 14th on the west. According to the article, residents within the catchment have been receiving letters informing them of the proposal (or, as the story puts it: “The letters have become the most discussed correspondence in the neighborhood — displacing even Yale acceptance letters”). There is also talk of extending the district even further, to the yellow and red sections shown on the map, at some point in the future. If that happens, just about the entire neighborhood will be landmarked, with the exception of the blocks between 4th and 5th avenues.
South Slopers Learn if Their Homes Deserve to be Preserved [BK Paper]
In case you were wondering just who is the market for 421 Kent, a non-Hasidic development in the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg, now we have the answer: Overseas Chinese investors. The site, which takes up an entire block and is 3.75 acres, was stalled for years and traded hands a few times before Beijing-based developer […]
In April of 1873, when the warming breezes of spring caressed the sideburned cheeks of wealthy male Brooklynites, they, as one, turned their attentions to their favorite pastime – racing their fancy horses and carriages along the roads leading to Coney Island. It was the place to be seen, and anyone who was anyone could […]
As we reported last summer, the Friends of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) has been urging the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, a division of the the State’s Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP), to create a historic district around the Gowanus Canal for some time now. In the past, FROGG has also […]
A school bus carrying children overturned when a green cab hit it yesterday afternoon at the corner of Halsey and Marcy in Bed Stuy, a reader who sent in these photos told us. Six children and three adults went to Woodhull Hospital. One had serious but not life threatening injuries, according to The New York […]
Brooklyn is among the areas hardest hit by a steep decrease in affordability of housing in New York State, a report from the New York State comptroller found. From 2000 to 2012, statewide the percentage of renters paying more than 30 percent of their incomes to housing rose to 50.6 percent from 40.5 percent, while […]