The architectural character of two Brooklyn neighborhoods is getting attention, thanks to the Historic Districts Council.
This year the preservation nonprofit’s annual “Six to Celebrate” campaign includes East Flatbush and Center Slope. Each neighborhood was nominated by a local group looking to advocate for the protection of the architecture and history of their community in the midst of development pressure.
The 300 East 25th Street Block Association, a 2016 winner of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn, nominated the area of churches and neo-Renaissance row houses surrounding its own leafy block. The group is pushing for the designation of a historic district.
Park Slope already has several historic districts, but a committee of the Park Slope Civic Council nominated the Center Slope area to draw attention to the architecture currently at risk. The group is hoping to knit together the protection of the neighborhood with the designation of a Center Slope historic district.
Other communities included in the list this year are Todt Hill-Dongan Hills in Staten Island and Rego Park in Queens. The list also includes two honorees identifying advocacy issues that go beyond a single neighborhood: historic buildings in The Bronx and an effort to identify and promote potential modern landmarks.
HDC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, launched the Six to Celebrate initiative in 2011. Each year the chosen groups receive hands-on assistance from HDC on strategic planning, advocacy and outreach. If you are curious about past Six to Celebrate designations, or nominating your own neighborhood, you can check out all the details on the program website.
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