The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Recognition by the City's Landmarks Preservation Commission of the architectural significance of certain buildings or groups of buildings. Conveys protection from destruction or uncharacteristic alteration.

Community Board 8 Land Use Committee

Start Date: 
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Topic : 
Urban planning
Sponsored By: 
Brooklyn Community Board 8
CNR - CenterLight Health Care Center
727 Classon Avenue (between Park and Prospect Places)
United States

The Land Use Committee of Community Board 8 reviews applications for zoning changes, variances,  historic designations, and building permits in historic districts.

The September meeting include a review of a zoning change application from the owners of 587 Bergen Street. The property is currently zoned M1-1 and is vacant. The owners are asking that it instead be included in the boundary of the neighboring R6B zone to allow for the construction of a four-story apartment building. An earlier presentation by the owners indicated the building will contain 26 apartments, with 10 being affordable, and 13 below-ground parking spaces.

Open to: 
General public

Reconsidering Context: New Buildings in Old New York

Start Date: 
May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Topic : 
Urban planning
Sponsored By: 
See description below
First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 West 68th Street
New York
United States

Join the Alliance for a Human Scale City, the Park Slope Civic Council, PHNDC and other sponsors for a lecture by Steven Semes, a leading architectural theorist, for a discussion of his book, The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation.

Steven Semes is the Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program as well as Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Notre Dame. His current research focuses on the issue of defining appropriate new architecture in historic settings.

Panelists include Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council; and Richard Cameron, Principal at the design firm Atelier & Co.

Admission is free, but RSVP is required. To register, click here.


  • Alliance for a Human Scale City
  • Historic Districts Council
  • Landmark West!
  • Brooklyn Heights Association
  • Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Lower East Side Preservation Initiative
  • Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
  • Trebeca Trust\
  • Preservation Leqgue of New York State
  • Save Harlem Now!
  • Park Slope Civic Council
  • Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
  • Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
  • Queens Preservation Society
  • Friends of Lower East Side
  • Soho Alliance


Open to: 
General public (RSVP required)

Intersection | Prospect Heights report highlights community reaction to neighborhood gentrification

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

How has gentrification affected the way community members feel about Prospect Heights, and what do they want for the neighborhood's future?

To answer these questions, Intersection | Prospect Heights collected oral histories and survey responses from over 500 current and former residents of Prospect Heights. The results are discussed in a new paper, "We're All Part of the Neighborhood," available for download from the Intersection | Prospect Heights web site.

The report describes how a surge in development since 2000 coincided with a sharp increase in housing cost. In the process, a large segment of Prospect Heights' population was displaced as more affluent residents moved in. While residents' perceptions of public education and security from crime have improved, the sense of community that many cherish may be threatened.

Historic Districts

Posted: October 26, 2016 - 11:28am

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 nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Over 600 Prospect Heights buildings added to National Register of Historic Places

Posted: March 2, 2016 - 12:30pm

BROOKLYN, NY, March 2, 2016: Today, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC) announced that 612 contributing buildings have been added to the neighborhood’s National Register historic district, bringing the total number of buildings in the district to 917. The buildings were added to National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on February 16. The expanded district boundary includes properties on Flatbush Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Washington Avenue, Underhill Avenue, Bergen Street, St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Place, Park Place, Sterling Place and Butler Place.

“This action by the National Park Service is a reminder that, in the face of tremendous development pressure, Brooklyn’s historic neighborhoods remain a national treasure whose preservation is essential to the borough’s future,” said PHNDC chair Gib Veconi. “The 19th century rowhouses and apartment buildings of brownstone Brooklyn continue to teach us about how these neighborhoods helped to form a thriving community as the city’s population expanded. They are also often still home to the long-time residents who have shaped the character of Brooklyn. Preserving these historic resources also means preserving our community.”

Green Point Savings Bank building to be demolished for condominium

Posted: October 13, 2015 - 2:05pm

 On Monday, October 12, the web site DNAinfo reported that the City’s Department of Buildings has granted permits for the demolition of the Green Point Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue. Its owner intends to replace the building with a 14-story condominium. The new tower is allowed under the lot's current R8X zoning, which wraps around Washington Avenue from Eastern Parkway.

The Green Point Savings Bank building was designed by architect Francis George Hasselman (1877-1932) and completed in 1928. Hasselman is known for designing Rosemary Hall, ca. 1904, Old Westbury, NY; Anderson Park, ca. 1910, Montclair, NJ; In-the-Oaks, 1923, Asheville, NC; and the Spring Brook House, 1904, Morristown, NJ. The latter two buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.