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June 25, 2009

Prospect Heights gets historic district; historic boondoggle TBD

Tracy Collins via flickr Atlantic Yards Photo Pool, Atlantic Yards v. Prospect Heights Historic District

Note how the newly approved historic district wraps the southeast section of the Atlantic Yards footprint like a fork. That section until last year contained the preservation-worthy Ward Bakery Building — which was perhaps Prospect Heights' most distinguished building — demolished courtesy of Bruce C. Ratner.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, LPC Votes Unanimously to Designate Prospect Heights Historic District

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Tuesday unanimously approved the designation of the Prospect Heights Historic District.

The 850-building district is the city’s largest since the 2,020-building Upper West Side Historic District was formed in 1990, according to LPC Chair Robert Tierney.

And with its mid-19th century and early 20th century rowhouses and apartment buildings designed in a broad array of architectural styles, it is certainly deserving, he added.

The Municipal Art Society of NYC, MAS Applauds Prospect Heights Historic District Designation

Prospect Heights is rich in historic architecture, with blocks of beautiful Italianate and neo-Grec rowhouses, interspersed with churches, small commercial and apartment buildings. Located just north of Prospect Park, the neighborhood has seen few changes since it was first developed in the late-19th century. Today, it is threatened by the Atlantic Yards project, a proposal by the developer Forest City Ratner to build 16 towers and a sports arena on a 22-acre site adjacent to the neighborhood.

This announcement marks a significant milestone for an innovative civic partnership between the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC). The two groups teamed up in 2006 to advocate for historic district designation.

NoLandGrab: While MAS and PHNDC are to be commended for their efforts, had the two groups been more vociferous in their opposition to Atlantic Yards — both are members of the "mend-it-don't-end-it" BrooklynSpeaks coalition — one has to wonder if the Ward Bakery, too, could have been saved from Bruce Ratner's wrecking ball.

The Brooklyn Paper, City makes ‘history’ in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights has joined its better-known upscale neighbor Park Slope as Brooklyn’s latest historic district.

On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to turn the 850-building area into a protected historical landmark.
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The district stretches from Flatbush Avenue to Washington Avenue and from Eastern Parkway to Atlantic Avenue — up to, but not including, Bruce Ratner’s proposed mega-development, formerly known as Atlantic Yards until this week’s announcement that most of the project had been tabled.

NLG: No, it's still known as Atlantic Yards, and the project has hardly been "tabled." The Brooklyn Paper should try as hard to be accurate as it does to be cute.

AP via WCAX.com, Brooklyn neighborhood gets landmark status

The Prospect Heights district is next to the site where developer Bruce Ratner plans to build a basketball arena and 16 skyscrapers. However, his development will not directly encroach on it.

Posted by eric at June 25, 2009 5:01 PM