The process by which a neighborhood obtains the distinction of being a Historic District by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPS) seems to move so slowly as to necessitate that a neighborhood apply for the distinction before a single building is constructed.
However slowly the wheels of Historic Distinction turn, however, Park Slope is inarguably progressing towards the Park Slope Civic Council (PSCC)’s goal that 100% of Park Slope obtain the designation. On October 15th reports The Brooklyn Paper, the Landmarks/Landuse Committee of Community Board 6 approved “the first phase of the Land Preservation Commission’s initiative.”
Although the LPC will not be voting on the issue for at least a year as a result of a significant back log of similar applications to be considered around the city. (What, NYC neighborhoods are historic? Somebody better look into that.)
Currently only about 25% of the neighborhood is considered “Historic”, which on the surface is odd considering the age of the neighborhood.
Makes one wonder what the LPS needs to see before they give a neighborhood the nod.
Being myself a native of the West coast where it seems 90% of structures are less than 50 years old (don’t quote me on that), the idea of a neighborhood like Park Slope having to go through this long process to officially be considered Historic seems a bit unnecessary.
Too bad for The Slope that its original Dutch founders didn’t turn in the paperwork when they settled back in the 1600’s.
Maybe then the LPC could carbon-date the paperwork and vote already.