February 2nd, 2007
The Dumbo Neighborhood Association (DNA) is running ads in The Brooklyn Paper in their latest campaign to urge Dumbo residents, business owners, and artists to write to the Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman in support of landmark designation. According to the ad,
“In September 2000 the DUMBO Industrial District was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. But this important recognition does not protect buildings or neighborhood character. (Since then weâ€™ve lost several buildings of great historic importance on Water, Front and York streets.)
Only New York City Landmark designation will ensure that irreplaceable historic buildings are not torn down as development accelerates on the Brooklyn waterfront.
In September 2005, the chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission declared Dumbo “worthy of designation.” As soon as word got out, some developers and owners lobbied against designation. So the DNA is asking Dumbo residents, business owners, and artists to write to the Landmarks Commission to prevent teardowns of historic buildings such as the one on 205 Water Street.
To view the ad with sample letter, go to the DNA website at www.dumbo-dna.org. Send a letter to:
Mr. Robert Tierney, Chairman, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007