LPC Moves Closer to Designating Four Historic Districts in Sunset Park

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This morning, the Landmarks Preservation Commission inched closer to designating four separate historic districts in Sunset Park.

The commissioners were unanimous in their decision to calendar Sunset Park North, Central Sunset Park, Sunset Park 50th Street and Sunset Park South.

“Sunset Park is a very special place,” said LPC Chair Sarah Carroll, who mentioned she had previously been working on this with the research team before she accepted her current position. “It really is unlike all of our other brownstone districts in that these buildings were built as housing for workers on the waterfront, they were built as two-family houses and they are unique in their scale and typology.”

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Map via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission

After praising the “incredible scholarship” of the research committee, Commissioner Fred Bland went on to ask a rhetorical question regarding what the commission might be missing. “It makes you wonder how many districts are out there with such extraordinary cohesiveness.”

Among the four districts, approximately 514 buildings in total are part of the proposed areas. The next step will be public hearings for all four districts at a future date.

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