Park Slope Historic District Expands into North Slope
Civic Leaders, Elected Officials Celebrate Addition of Nearly 300 Exemplary Buildings, Preservation of North Slope’s Architectural Integrity
Brooklyn, NY – Today, the New York City Council voted to approve the second expansion of the Park Slope Historic District. The addition of nearly 300 buildings in the northern section of Park Slope makes the district the largest historic district in New York City. Expansion of the district, the second since it was established in 1973, ensures that the North Slope’s unique architectural character will be preserved for future generations.
The City Council’s vote extends landmark designation to 292 buildings on St Marks Avenue, Prospect Place, Park Place, Sterling Place, Berkeley Place, 6th Avenue, and Plaza Street West and recognizes a broad array of outstanding residential, institutional, and ecclesiastical architecture.
Particularly distinguished buildings in the extension include:
- St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 6th Avenue and Sterling Place
- The former Church of Christ Scientist (now the Berkeley Carroll School), 156 Sterling Place, between 7th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.
- The Carlton Club, 85 6th Avenue
- 47 Plaza Street West, Park Slope’s “Flatiron Building”
- 22 Berkeley Place, a wood frame house dating to the mid-1800s
The expansion follows five years of community advocacy, and reflects the continued commitment of the Park Slope Civic Council, as well as NYC Council Member Brad Lander, who currently represents the area, and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin, who represented the North Slope until 2014 and lent his support to the recent extension.
“We are honored to have the Landmarks Preservation Commission recognize our historic and unique neighborhood, and thrilled about the second extension of the Park Slope Historic District into the North Slope,” said Councilmember Brad Lander. “These are some of the most beautiful streets in New York and, with today’s vote, we know they will continue to be enjoyed for their history and character for generations to come. I’m grateful for the advocacy of the Park Slope Civic Council over the years to push for this designation, and pleased to see their efforts pay off today. ”
Peter Bray, the chair of the Park Slope Civic Council’s Historic District Committee, said in an issued statement, “The North Slope expansion is another significant milestone towards the Civic Council’s goal of protecting all of the neighborhood’s worthy buildings through landmark designation. The buildings that were designated today include some of Park Slope’s oldest structures, dating to just after the Civil War. The extension could not have been achieved without the widespread support of the Park Slope community for protecting its architectural and historic heritage. We are grateful to Brad Lander and Steve Levin for their unwavering assistance throughout the lengthy designation process. In the coming weeks, we expect the Landmarks Preservation Commission to begin moving forward on a third extension in the Center Slope as part of the Civic Council’s continuing efforts.”
Council Member Stephen Levin said, “We are overjoyed that the Landmarks Preservation Commission will expand the Park Slope Historic District to include North Slope. Today’s vote is a long time coming. It is the culmination of the hard work advocates have undertaken to preserve the historic North Slope neighborhood for the benefit of all New Yorkers.”
The designation was welcomed by hundreds of homeowners committed to preserving the neighborhood’s rich history for future generations of New Yorkers.
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