A giant corporation will donate millions of dollars to revitalize several cherished Brooklyn landmarks — if enough history buffs vote for them, that is.
Nine iconic Brooklyn places including the Brooklyn Public library’s main branch and Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim synagogue are facing off against 31 other historic New York City structures in an “American Idol”-style contest to determine how the bank and financier American Express will spend $3 million slated for renovation work.
Brooklynites can vote for their favorite preservation projects — such as returning the B&B Carousell to Coney Island, rebuilding the bulkhead at the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, fixing the synagogue’s roof, or replacing the library’s doors — and the four most popular projects will divvy up the cash.
“It’s a fascinating thing to do,” said Brooklyn historian Francis Morrone. “Buildings in desperate conditions — like the synagogue — should be taken care of first.”
Contest promoters say voters should log on and vote — and do it for the children.
“It preserves history so our kids know what it looks like,” said Katie Jackson, a spokeswoman for Partners in Preservation, the organization in charge.
Anyone above age 13 is allowed to vote once per day through May 21.Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cn
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.