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Empire State Dairy at 2840 Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In a big moment for two of Brooklyn’s unprotected architectural gems, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted in favor of designating Crown Heights’ East New York Savings Bank as a New York City Landmark and scheduling East New York’s Empire State Diary Co. Building for consideration for landmark designation. 

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Empire State Dairy at 2840 Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

It is unlikely anyone is better versed in the pastoral murals of East New York’s long-closed Empire State Dairy than architectural historian and writer Michael Padwee.

Below, he tells us why these little-known architectural treasures should be appreciated and saved from demolition.

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The historic Empire State Dairy Building at 2480 Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

As city agencies and community members continue to weigh the pros and cons of the East New York rezoning plan, the New York City Department of City Planning earlier this month released the final environmental impact statement, shedding light on the proposal’s potential effects on some of the area’s most landmark-eligible structures.