Century-old brick streets in a historically black neighborhood in Houston, Texas, are under threat of demolition, the culmination of a years-long debate over the preservation of Freedmen’s Town.
At its December 9 public meeting, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to scrap 96 buildings and locations from its landmark status consideration.
This week New York’s East Village went from having only two tiny historic districts (about a block long each) and a short list of individually landmarked sites to a much larger, newly approved historic district that covers a lot of ground, from the Bowery to Avenue A and from St. Mark’s Place down to East 2nd Street. The city’s Landmarks Commission approved the proposed East Village Historic District with only a few slight modifications.
On Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a new historic district surrounding Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn. Dubbed the Borough Hall Skyscraper District, the area encompasses 21 architecturally distinct skyscrapers and office buildings that pepper Court, Remsen, Montague, Livingston and Joralemon streets. Our reaction here at Hyperallergic to the news was, “What? There’s an entire district of historic skyscrapers in Brooklyn?!” As a Brooklyn-based blog, we were shocked that this architectural treasure trove had somehow slipped under our radar, but proud to learn that Manhattan isn’t the only borough with skyscraper bragging rights.