Preservation Issues

New Landmark Designations & Backlog Update

-57 Sullivan Street, Manhattan

-Park Slope Historic District Extension II

Park Slope Historic District Extension II Testimony


April, 2016

New York now has an expanded historic district in Brooklyn, and nine additional landmarks that came off the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) backlog, including a Federal-style building that Conservancy has supported for over a decade. On April 12, the LPC voted to designate 57 Sullivan Street as an individual landmark. The 1817 row house was part of the backlog list of 95 buildings and sites that the agency once wanted to “de-calendar.”

Following pushback from elected officials and advocates, the LPC instead held public hearings on all 95. The LPC then culled that list to focus on 30 sites and announced that it will vote on all of them by the end of 2016. At this month’s hearing, they approved a group of eight. The sites are located across all boroughs, and include a church, two cemeteries, several private residences, and the Long Island City Pepsi-Cola sign. The Conservancy supported designation of each; they are:

• 65 Schofield Street, Bronx
• Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn (in part – Chapel, Gate-House, and Visitor’s Cottage)
• Lady Moody House, 27 Gravesend Neck Road, Brooklyn
• Vanderbilt Mausoleum and Cemetery, Staten Island
• Pepsi-Cola Sign, Long Island City, Queens
• J. William Ahles House, 39-26 213th Street, Queens
• 57 Sullivan Street, Manhattan
• St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 227 West 99th Street, New York

Click here to see photos of the 30 prioritized properties

57 Sullivan Street is a fine example of the early Federal period. Although it has been altered, important Federal elements remain, including the Flemish bond brick facade, windows with simple paneled lintels, and the brownstone arch over a fanlight at the entrance features. The Conservancy started advocating for Federal-style buildings in the early 2000s. Since then, 10 of the 13 that we featured in “The Federal Era Row House of Lower Manhattan” have been designated. The Commission placed the other three on its calendar, but later removed them: 94 ½ and 96 Greenwich were “de-calendared” in 2009 following substantial alterations; 2 Oliver Street, had been on the backlog and was “de-calendared” earlier this year due to a lack of owner and political support.

The same hearing brought designation of the Park Slope Historic District Extension II, and some 200 buildings under the LPC’s guidance and protection. We testified in support of the extension in 2013, finding that the buildings, in styles typical of the period, from neo-Grec, Italianate, and Queen Anne, to Romanesque and Renaissance Revival, represent the story of development in Brooklyn from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and are similar to those in the original Park Slope Historic District. St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, which had also been on the backlog is within the Extension’s boundaries; it was removed from the LPC’s calendar for individual designation.

Park Slope HD Extension map