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Landmarks approves new Bed-Stuy brownstone historic district

June 26, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BED-STUY — THE CITY LANDMARKS Preservation Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to approve the designation of a two-block segment of Bed-Stuy as Brooklyn’s newest historic district, reports CBS News. The district, which includes Willoughby Avenue and Hart Street between Nostrand and Marcy Avenues, includes nearly 50 historic brownstones built in the late 1800s. The push to landmark the area began in 2022 following the demolition of the Jacob Dangler mansion at the corner of Willoughby and Nostrand, shortly before a scheduled LPC vote on its landmarking. Residents told CBS that the sudden loss of the neighborhood icon spurred efforts to preserve Bed-Stuy’s other historic structures.

While many residents favored the designation, some members of the area’s Orthodox Jewish community opposed the move, arguing that landmarking would make it difficult to expand the buildings to accommodate larger families. A commissioner on Tuesday responded, saying,Not only do other city agencies do the regulation on things like rear extensions and modification, but Landmarks also allows those things.”

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