Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Crown Heights Landmark District Approved

New York City's newest historic district is in Crown Heights. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to create the Crown Heights North Historic District, which is Brooklyn's 17th. The Commission's press release called the decision "the cornerstone for establishing similar districts in the neighborhood." The new district runs along Pacific Street to the north, Dean Street, Prospect Place and St. Mark’s Avenue to the south, Bedford Avenue to the west and Kingston Avenue to the east. Most of the buildings were built between the 1860s and 1930s in styles that include Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Georgian and Renaissance Revival.

“This marvelous ensemble of mansions, churches, row houses and freestanding residences in Crown Heights North forms a streetscape that is unlike any other in New York City,” said Commission Chairman Robert B. Tierney in a press release. Up to 1,400 buildings could ultimately be in the Crown Heights district.

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