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Update on the Brooklyn Skyscraper District

On December 7, the City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses held a public hearing on the designation of the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. MAS, along with many preservation groups, including the Brooklyn Heights Association and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, testified in support of the historic district, stating: “The City has made serious investments into the revitalization and rejuvenation of this part of Brooklyn,  from the Downtown Brooklyn rezoning to the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Preservation of the buildings in the Borough Hall Skyscraper District is an important part of those planning efforts and will help foster Brooklyn’s continued renaissance. MAS strongly believes that the buildings in the historic district merit protection under the Landmarks Law and that the LPC has correctly drawn the district boundaries, which has been borne out in the rigorous review of this district. We urge the City Council to uphold that agency’s designation and approve this district with the boundaries put forward by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.” The subcommittee delayed their vote to a future meeting, so there is still time to email or call your Council Member, and the Chair and members of the subcommittee. There is some opposition to this district, so it’s important for the City Council Members to hear from supporters. Let them know that you believe that the district is worthy of historic district designation and that they should uphold the LPC’s boundaries.