Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Prospect Heights Declared a Historic District
Prospect Heights, long seen as the ne’er-do-well sister of Park Slope, is about to become the city’s 97th historic district. The City Council’s land-use committee unanimously approved the designation last week, and the full legislature was poised to rubber-stamp the vote on Thursday, formally creating the fifth-largest landmark district in the city. [The designation] of Prospect Heights, an architecturally diverse and human-scaled neighborhood is much deserved, and needed now more than ever due to development pressures,” said Councilwoman Letitia James. The historic zone to the north of tonier Park Slope is roughly bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Flatbush Avenue and Washington Avenue, and comprises 850 buildings, many constructed between the mid-19th century and early 20th. Good news for the trees and good news fending off tons of development.