Park Slope is a wonderful place, in part due to the wonderful historic buildings which line its lanes. Now, Park Slope has community support for its proposed extended historic district. While this could pose some headaches for homeowners in the proposed district, many residents and the Landmarks/Land Use Committee of Community Board 6 feel that their ideas to keep the preservation of the neighborhood in tact will be the best thing for everyone in the end.
Brooklyn Paper (1) reported that this new “three-phase proposal, if approved, would make the neighborhood home to the largest historic district in the city.” Greenwich Village is around 2000 buildings; this proposed radius in Park Slope would double that.
The current historic district includes Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West as well as a few blocks in Northern Park Slope. This expansion would lead “to the south by including blocks between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, from Seventh Street through 14th Street, and areas adjacent to Bartel Pritchard Square.”
Preserving the history of Park Slope by keeping older buildings up, that’s really what this whole movement is all about. While some hoops will need be jumped through, it’s better than some ugly, stucco high-rises.