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Landmarking Commission considers backlogged Brooklyn properties today

October 8, 2015 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Green-Wood Cemetery, where this statue of Minerva presides, will be an important focus of a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing today. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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A half-century is a looong time to wait.

Today’s the big day for seven historic Brooklyn properties that were first considered for city landmarks designation up to 50 years ago — when John Lindsay was mayor.

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is holding the first of its public hearings to gather testimony about “Backlog95” — 95 historic sites throughout the five boroughs that were calendared long ago but never received a final decision about their status from the preservation agency.

Testimony about the Brooklyn properties is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the LPC’s Lower Manhattan headquarters at 1 Centre St. A list of Bronx sites will be discussed beforehand, and Queens sites will be under consideration after lunch.

Green-Wood Cemetery, founded in 1838, is the most famous of the backlogged Brooklyn sites whose landmarking fate will finally be decided by the commission in the coming weeks.

Cemetery President Richard Moylan previously told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle he’s against landmarking the entire graveyard and that Green-Wood has been working with LPC staffers to identify “architecturally significant Green-Wood owned structures” whose designation he’d be willing to support.

Another important site, known as Lady Moody’s House, has been the subject of an online campaign by author Joseph Ditta.

He has been mustering support for the landmarking of the 18th-Century (or possibly older) farmhouse, which was built on property that belonged to Lady Deborah Moody, who founded Gravesend in the 1640s as a place of religious freedom.

The house is located at 27 Gravesend Neck Road.

These are the other backlogged Brooklyn properties included in today’s hearing:

* The cast-iron industrial building at 185-195 Broadway in Williamsburg

* The Beaux-Arts-style Williamsburgh Trust Company building at 177 S. Fifth St. in Williamsburg, now known as Holy Trinity Cathedral-Ukrainian Orthodox Church

* The Art Deco-style Coney Island Pumping Station at 2301 Neptune Ave. in Coney Island

* Baroque-style St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church at 138 Bleecker St. in Bushwick

* Gothic Revival-style St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church and Rectory at 49 Sterling Place in Park Slope



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