Preserve East Flatbush's - East 25th St "Greenest Block" as a Historic District

Preserve East Flatbush's - East 25th St "Greenest Block" as a Historic District

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Julia Charles started this petition to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

The 300 East 25th St Block, often referred to as the "Greenest Block" serves as a beacon of tranquility in the East Flatbush community. The proposed historic district includes a total of 56 Neo-Renaissance limestone and brownstone row-houses on East 25th St between Clarendon Rd and Avenue D. This block has remained intact with century old facades and creative front gardens, which provides a strong “sense of place”. This uniformity of East 25th St is due to the buildings' construction by one developer, Henry Meyer Building Company in 1909. The vision of Meyer was to build beautiful "high grade" one-family homes which at the time, as it is now "an attractive and rapidly growing neighborhood".

The block's distinction of the "Greenest Block" is due to being the most decorated contestants of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. This unique identity for being the Greenest Block in Brooklyn has been by virtue of winning 1st place in 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2016. In 2014, this block won the 1st place prize for the 1st ever - Best Children's Garden Project and in 2018, the block won the 1st inaugural Garden Mentor Award. In March of 2019 the gardening mentors gave the Wilbur A. Levin keynote address at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens–Making Brooklyn Bloom conference. The keynote address carefully inter-weaved the history of Flatbush with its original inhabitants; the Lenape Native Americans to the Dutch settlers to the present day diverse population consisting of many Caribbean immigrants. In August 2019 the block won the 2019 National Grid's Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest with a Special Insider's Tour September 2019 on East 25th St to close out the gardening season. This celebration was affectionately coined the 25th on 25th.

Meyer's development on the east side of Flatbush included the sister block of East 26th St. Unfortunately, the rise of over-development has now affected East 26th St in which a permit has been placed to build in height on their block which changes their landscape. Rapid and over development has plagued the East Flatbush community with either the demolition of century old Victorian homes with boxy buildings in its place or “finger” extensions placed on top of row-homes.  For this, it is crucial to preserve the architectural vision of Henry Meyer and the cultural landscape the 300 East 25th St block residents have nurtured and protected with tremendous care to culminate to a historic district.

East Flatbush featuring the 300 East 25th St Block has been selected in the Historic District Council’s 2020 Six to Celebrate. The Historic District Council’s Six to Celebrate is New York’s only citywide list that features communities as a preservation priority and will be supported by the HDC through advocacy, strategic planning, outreach and building public awareness. 

We call on YOU for support to preserve all the beauty of our beloved block by signing our petition and SHARING this information to others who may support as well.

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