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While Brooklyn is a place of constant flux, the savvy Brooklynite knows where to find remnants of its historical past. Here are five historic Brooklyn buildings that are still standing, despite the incredible changes that are happening all around them.

Brooklyn Borough Hall
Opened in 1851, Brooklyn Borough Hall was originally the City Hall of the former City of Brooklyn, before it was a part of New York City. In 1898, the consolidation went into effect, and this impressive Greek Revival structure became known as Borough Hall. It still houses the offices of the Borough President today and is protected as a New York City landmark.

Read more about Brooklyn Borough Hall here.

Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr.


Plans for a Wyckoff House Visitors Center have been in the works for two years, and yesterday the Parks Department filed an application for a new building. The plan calls for a two-story visitors center and caretaker apartment at 5914 Clarendon Road next to the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the city’s oldest structure and now a museum.

As we reported in March, nArchitects is designing the 4,780-square-foot building, which is strategically placed to shield the 17th-century house from the street. The strikingly modern building will house museum activities and displays, event space and administrative offices. GMAP

A Modern Extension for Historic Wyckoff House [Brownstoner]
New Visitors Center Coming to Flatbush’s Wyckoff House [Brownstoner]

Rendering by nArchitects


Next Tuesday, April 10th, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hear a request to add a new visitor’s center at Flatbush’s Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the city’s oldest structure, which is now used as a museum. We spoke with a representative at the Wyckoff House who said the new building will obviously look more modern than the 17th Century structure, but the design will be very sympathetic to the original in terms of color and aesthetic. The slope of the roof on the vistors center is also similar to that of the Wyckoff House. The plan hasn’t been finalized yet with the architects and the construction timeline remains unclear. Check back here for updates on the project as it moves through Landmarks. GMAP
Photo by wati dewidisoni