Preservation Issues

Conservancy Opposes Plan to Dwarf East New York Landmark


-Rendering by Dattner Architects via NY Landmarks Preservation Commission.


-Empire State Dairy building in East New York. (2840 Atlantic Avenue)

The Conservancy spoke out against a plan for a new building that would cantilever over the Empire State Dairy, which is the only designated landmark within the East New York rezoning area. We opposed the proposal to build a 15-story building with sections that extend out, overshadowing the low-scale Dairy. (read our testimony)

When the City upzoned this Brooklyn neighborhood to enable new housing construction in 2016, local advocates asked for multiple designations to protect historic resources from demolition. The Dairy, a complex of six early 20th century industrial buildings, known for its charming terra cotta murals, was the only success.

The proposal at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on April 16 called for restoring the Dairy and incorporating it into a new, mixed-use structure. We had no objections to those parts of the plan, but could not support the aggressive size and cantilevers that would overwhelm this neighborhood jewel. We asked the LPC to work with the owners to find a solution that would honor the landmark. The Commission did not take a vote.

View proposal presentation here.