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Into the dustbin! Preservation group dumps Greenpoint historic district bid

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This district is history.

A proposed expansion of Greenpoint’s current historic district was dealt a possibly fatal blow last week when an influential Manhattan preservation group announced it would no longer back the bid, citing lack of public support.

The Historic District Council, the city’s most prominent preservation group, dropped Paul Rubenfarb’s proposal from its list of six worthy preservation projects for the coming year — but Rubenfarb said he would fight on.

“If they did this based on the merits of a particular neighborhood, they definitely would have put Greenpoint first,” said Rubenfarb. “Historic preservation here has been dormant.”

Greenpoint’s current historic district, adopted in 1991, includes Kent Street to Calyer Street between Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue.

Rubenfarb’s plan called for expanding that district to include a 10-block section of Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street from DuPont Street to Norman Avenue.

But Community Board 1 member Ward Dennis said that Rubenfarb has not yet assembled “strong grassroots support” from both the board and neighborhood residents, and must do so in order for the proposal to succeed.

Rubenfarb can still apply to the Landmarks Preservation Commission — but it is extraordinarily difficult to get approval for a historic district without powerful backers.

Each year, the city receives 300 requests for historic district designation — about three get approved. A successful campaign to designate a historic district, can take up to five years.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VoiceOfShame from 11211 says:
Oh, you're going to be taking my picture? Well in that case, I'd like to dress up a little. Quick, let me find my finest pink mesh tank top so I can class this up a little.
Dec. 12, 2011, 12:15 pm
Ryan Lee from 11222 says:
@VoiceOfShame. Hilarious.
Dec. 13, 2011, 2:41 pm
Juan from Gowanus says:
Rubenfarb can still apply to the Landmarks Preservation Commission — but it is extraordinarily difficult to get approval for a historic district wearing a pink mesh tank top.
Dec. 13, 2011, 3:09 pm
Laura Hofmann from Greenpoint says:
Community wide support has been shown historically through the 197A planning process and during the rezoning process. During both, the community made it clear to DCP that more preservation was needed, and DCP made it clear to the community that they would block it.
And in response to the previous comments, I wouldn't care if the guy was wearing pink pumps too. He's doing a good thing by bringing attention to the fact that not all of our community's historical treasures are protected. Let's give him some support.
Dec. 14, 2011, 12:18 am

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