Preservation Issues

Two New Historic Districts

Park Place Historic District, Brooklyn

West End Historic District Extension I

June 26, 2012

The Landmarks Commission voted to designate two new historic districts: the Riverside — West End Historic District Extension I on the Upper West Side and the Park Place Historic District in Brooklyn. The Conservancy had testified at public hearings on both. West End Testimony (3-22-11), Park Place Testimony (10-26-10)

1. West End Historic District Extension I

The vote on the West End District is the first of the three district extensions in this neighborhood for which the Commission has already held hearings. This designation adds 190 buildings to the Historic District. Like the original district, the extension is composed of structures representing several phases of development from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, designed by prominent architects of those eras. Stately apartment buildings on the Avenue are complemented by magnificent brownstones and row houses on the side streets, and by historic religious properties and other community facilities, most in turn-of-the-century revival styles. With an eclectic mix of forms, materials, and details, these intact streets create a vibrant sense of place across a large swath of Manhattan. The Commission has not set dates for hearing the other two extensions.

2. Park Place Historic District, Brooklyn

The 13 row houses of the Park Place Historic District in Brooklyn form an unusually cohesive group. With intact Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival details, these brick buildings are exceptionally picturesque and charming, and the District, which lies just west of Crown Heights North, conveys a strong sense of place.

Hearing Held for East Village/Lower East Side Historic District

The Commission also held a hearing on the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. About 35 people spoke in support of the District, including elected officials, the Community Board, local preservation and civic groups, and residents. Representatives of historic religious properties and several building owners spoke against designation. In our testimony, the Conservancy supported the District due to its fine historic architecture and cultural heritage, and reminded building owners of the advantages of landmarking, and the successful work of the Sacred Sites Program, in assisting historic religious properties across the City and State (East Village/Lower East Side Testimony). The Commission has not scheduled a vote on the District, which contains approximately 330 buildings.