Our first and second installments in the history of preservation series, written by Suzanne Spellen (aka “Montrose Morris” in the blogosphere) for MyHome, Brooklyn and Brennan Realty Services, looked at the birth of the movement in the United States and later in Brooklyn. In Chapter Three, Brooklyn Heights beats out Soho and Greenwich Village as the first historic district! Read below or download the pdf.
Preservation Primer, Chapter III: The Landmarking of Brooklyn Heights
The post-World War II years birthed a different New York City. Robert Moses, New York’s â€śMaster Builderâ€ťâ€”who held as many as 14 different public service jobs and had tremendous control over public works projectsâ€”was hard at work shaping the future New York City of his dreams. While many of his projects such as parks, highways and urban renewal were both desirable and necessary, the way he went about them left many irked or outraged. And he famously prized the automobile over any public transportation. Read More