Commission Votes to Expand Historic District

Commission Votes to Expand Historic District

Landmarks Preservation Commission Votes to Expand Park Slope Historic District

New York, NY – Today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to approve an expansion of the Park Slope Historic District, making it one of the largest historic districts in the city.

The extension – the first in 39 years – will include 580 buildings, stretching from approximately 7th Street to 15th Street (including the 7th Avenue frontage), 7th Avenue to 8th Avenue, and along 15th Street from 8th Avenue to Prospect Park West (including the western side of Bartel Pritchard Square). City Councilmember Brad Lander and residents of Park Slope gathered in front of the Municipal Building after the vote to cheer the LPC’s approval.

A map of the expansion is available at the LPC website.

The extension recognizes the unique historic character of the South Slope’s brownstone blocks and ensures that the architecture is preserved for future generations. The extension also includes the former Ansonia Clock Works factory, once the world’s largest clock manufacturer, as well as homes built for its workers. This expansion reflects the leadership of the Park Slope Civic Council, which has been unceasing in its advocacy for the neighborhood since 1896, the sustained support of its elected officials, and the involvement of hundreds of homeowners.

“The Commission’s action not only celebrates a storied part of the city’s industrial past, but the sensitive adaptive reuse of the factory complex and its contribution towards the vitality and historic character of the area,” the Park Slope Civic Council said in an issued statement. “The Civic Council is united in our desire to maintain the neighborhood’s quality of life and to ensure that it is preserved for future generations of Park Slope residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”

“We are honored to have the Landmarks Preservation Commission recognize our historic and unique neighborhood,” said Councilmember Brad Lander. “These are some of the most beautiful streets in New York and, with today’s vote, we know they will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Copies of the newest addition of the Neighborhood & Architectural History Guide to Park Slope were distributed at Tuesday’s event. The guide is issued by the Brooklyn Historical Society.

"Thanks to support from Councilmember Lander, the Brooklyn Historical Society has recently released a second edition of the popular Park Slope Neighborhood and Architectural Guide, by public historian, Francis Morrone. I am so pleased that the publication of the book coincides with the expansion of the Historic District," commented Deborah Schwartz, President of BHS. "We hope this resource provides hours of reading and walking, as locals and tourists alike explore the rich history of this fantastic neighborhood!"

The historical and architectural integrity of Park Slope, its sense of place, remains an ongoing concern of the neighborhood and the Park Slope Civic Council plans to continue to advocate for a much larger Park Slope Historic District that would include hundreds of additional buildings above 5th Avenue. The Civic Council has requested that the LPC initiate formal action to extend the historic district in the North Slope whose buildings constitute the earliest development of the neighborhood.

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