The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Prospect Heights neighbors turn out for historic district hearing; speakers unanimous in support
Posted: October 29, 2008 - 9:29am

On Tuesday, October 28, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing on the proposed Prospect Heights Historic District. The hearing was an opportunity for members of the public to speak before the commissioners who will vote on landmarking Prospect Heights.

A crowd of more than fifty packed the LPC's hearing room in the Municipal Building. Attendees included residents, business owners, elected officials and representatives from citywide civic organizations. Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council Member Letitia James spoke forcefully for quick action on historic designation, and a representative of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke read a statement of support. Lisa Kersavage of the Municipal Art Society, and Frampton Tolbert of the Historic Districts Council expressed the support of their organizations, both of whom have worked actively with PHNDC in coordinating research and outreach in Prospect Heights.

Enthusiasm for historic designation in Prospect Heights was unanimous among community members testifying at the hearing. Many speakers expressed concern about rooftop and backyard extensions proliferating in the neighborhood. Several mentioned the Atlantic Yards project as a source of increased development pressure in the neighborhood.

The next step in the designation process is a vote by the commissioners on the proposed historic district, at a date to be scheduled by the LPC.

Additional press coverage: