On Tuesday, July 15 the Landmarks Preservation Commission will “calendar” the Prospect Heights Historic District, the first step toward protecting one of Brooklyn’s finest – and most endangered – historic neighborhoods.
“MAS applauds the Landmarks Preservation Commission for moving to protect this very special and threatened neighborhood,” said Lisa Kersavage, director of advocacy and policy for the Municipal Art Society. “The process by which the historic district was created is a model of civic partnership coupled with cutting-edge technology.”
Prospect Heights is rich in historic architecture, with blocks of beautiful Italianate and neo-Grec rowhouses, interspersed with churches, small commercial and apartment buildings. Located just north of Prospect Park, the neighborhood has seen few changes since it was first developed in the late-19th Century. Today it is threatened by the Atlantic Yards project, a proposal by the developer Forest City Ratner to build 16 towers and a sports arena on a 22-acre site adjacent to the neighborhood.
...The next step in the process of designation will be a public hearing in Fall 2008.
Given that the Municipal Art Society has on previous occasions described the AY site as part of Prospect Heights, I'm going to consider that "adjacent to the neighborhood" line a lapse. My previous reportage on the landmarking effort is here and here.