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.


Rendering of 101 Pennsylvania Avenue via

The modern medical building rising at the corner of Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues is a beaut — all angled glass with illuminated super graphics and geometric detail. The structure is much more than the typical generic office box.

Its good-looking design is especially heartening as the building is replacing one of East New York’s most significant historic buildings, the East New York Savings Bank. Designed by Richard Upjohn Jr., it was demolished last year.

(Incidentally, the address has changed. The old building’s address was 91 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new building’s address will be 101 Pennsylvania Avenue.)

What do you think of the rendering? Read on for more details and photos.


Photo of 135 Pennsylvania Avenue by Zulmilena Then

A young junior architect who grew up in East New York is leading the fight to landmark more than two dozen of the neighborhood’s architectural icons.

Spurred into action by the destruction of the historic East New York Savings Bank and Mayor de Blasio’s controversial rezoning plan, Zulmilena Then founded Preserving East New York (PENY) last year. Now with six members, the fledgling organization has caught the attention of the preservation nonprofit Historic Districts Council, which named East New York one of its 2016 “Six to Celebrate” earlier this month.

Just to be clear, getting the recognition of the Historic Districts Council is like finding out you have a landmarks fairy godmother — HDC’s mission is to help out local groups like PENY, and they’ll work with developers, the Landmarks Commission, and community members to protect spaces that need it.

Brownstoner caught up with the 29-year-old to hear more about her plans to work with the Mayor’s rezoning plan — not against it — to revitalize the area while preserving its historic character.


The city’s sprawling Livonia Commons project will soon break ground on Phase II of its development. Architect Magnusson Architecture and Planning Wednesday filed applications for new-building permits for the construction of 292 affordable apartments at 481, 500, and 463  Livonia Avenue, as well as 463 Hinsdale Street, all in East New York.