Peak preservation: LPC approves extension of Boerum Hill Historic District

Getting bigger: The city is expanding the Boerum Hill Historic District, outlined in blue, to the areas drawn in red.
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Boerum Hill preservationists are cheering following the city’s Tuesday decision to expand the neighborhood’s historic district, protecting nearly 300 more buildings from the wrecking ball as developers eye area streets for future towers.

“Over the years I have seen Boerum Hill change and grow, and I am glad that the historic and beautiful buildings that make up this diverse community’s sense of space will be protected and preserved,” said Boerum Hill Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, who lives in the neighborhood and once led its local civic group, the Boerum Hill Association.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to extend the current Boerum Hill Historic District — which the city formed in 1973 to protect some 250 structures, most of which are 19th-century row houses, roughly bounded by Wyckoff, Hoyt, Pacific, and Nevins streets — to incorporate 288 new buildings on three separate chunks of land along the already existing district’s perimeter.

The properties within the extended historic district — which now require the commission’s sign-off on alterations, including small tweaks to windows, awnings, and signs — include the majority of the buildings on the city block bounded by Dean, Smith, Bergen, and Hoyt streets; other structures standing in an area roughly bounded by Bergen, Bond, Wyckoff, and Nevins streets; and several Atlantic Avenue-facing buildings between Hoyt and Nevins streets.

The approval follows local landmarking advocates’ repeated calls to broaden Boerum Hill’s historic district, which began years ago and picked up steam over the last two years after Simon’s successor at the Boerum Hill Association shopped the idea as a measure to further protect the predominantly low-rise area from new developments that would alter its character.

Some small business owners with Atlantic Avenue stores that fall within the extended district, however, panned the idea at a May hearing, charging the expansion would hurt mom-and-pop entrepreneurs by forcing them to deal with more red tape and expenses in order to maintain their storefronts.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:41 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Death Prefered from NYC says:
I'd prefer death before Landmarking.

The wrecking ball is so much more attractive than to have a city agency oppress and torture you till death. This is a death sentence.
June 27, 2018, 11:43 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
If the Landmarks Preservation Commission is dedicated to keeping a very wealthy area limited to 19th century levels of density, the City Planning Commission definitely needs to approve 80 Flatbush to make up for the lack of density allowed here.
June 27, 2018, 12:33 pm
David from Cobble Hill says:
June 27, 2018, 4:39 pm
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
LOL Mr/Ms "Death Prefered [sic.]". I worked hard to help get an Historic District in my neighborhood back in the '70s and it's worked out very well.
June 28, 2018, 3:09 pm

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