To be delivered to: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City Council & Speaker Christine C. Quinn, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission & Chair Robert B. Tierney, New York City Department of City Planning & Chair Amanda M. Burden, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and 6 other targets (click here to see more)
We believe, and petition, that Admirals Row should be landmarked, rehabilitated, and become a unique and valuable resource, for Brooklyn, New York City, New York State, and the United States.
On January 27 2012 New York City took title to the Admirals Row property in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 6 acre site, which was decommissioned in 1966, comprises ten historic mansions that housed senior officers since 1848, the last remaining U.S. Navy timber shed, built in 1838, plus a parade ground and tennis courts. The city’s plans to redevelop the site include a 75,000 sq.ft supermarket, 160,000 additional retail space, plus industrial space, plus parking. Under the current scheme only the timber shed and one of the mansions will be rehabilitated.
The development plans are excessive and should be reconsidered:
* Admirals Row qualifies as a landmark district, New York City, New York State, and the National Register of Historic Places.
* The 6 acre site, equivalent to 2.5 city blocks, has sufficient space to accommodate both preservation and development.
* There has been inadequate public process. The few public hearings were not publicized and poorly attended.
* The Uniform Land Use Procedure (ULURP) including 9 zoning variances, which allows for demolition of the site, was rushed through prior to tile transfer, again with insufficient public involvement.
* The site includes a number of old growth trees, only four to be saved in the current plan.
* The planned supermarket is of a scale way beyond local requirements, and will be the largest in the City.
* Planned parking provisions are insufficient.
* ALL the buildings, though dilapidated, are salvageable.
* Landmarking of the entire Admirals Row will preserve epochal architecture, provide a valuable local amenity, and establish a national heritage site.
* The cost of rehabilitation is minor compared to the overall development scheme.
* Steps should be taken immediately to prevent further deteriation.
* The NYC Landmarks Commission have never had the opportunity to review the status of the site.
* Admirals Row is qualifies for inclusion in the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.
To sign the petition, go to http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/landmark-admirals-row
The 2012 Admirals Row Longevity Party and Brownie BakeOff will take place at Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn this weekend Sat Jun 16 / Sun Dec 17 2012. All are welcome and bring your best bakes and something to drink.
The second and final Admirals Row Longevity Party and Brownie BakeOff of 2011 will take place at Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn this weekend Sat Dec 17 / Sun Dec 18 2011. All are welcome and bring your best bakes and something to drink.
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Admirals Row Longevity Party and Brownie BakeOff
Sat Dec 17 2011 – 7pm-11pm
Sun Dec 18 2011 – 3pm-7pm
Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn
109 Hall Street,
718 789 5218
The New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held a public hearing on November 16 2011 to consider an Admirals Row-related rezoning application by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn director Scott Witter testified in opposition and his testimony can be read at on page 56 of the transcript.
Subsequent to the hearing, Scott Witter sent the following letter which, among other things, points out to the Councilors that, since Admirals Row is federally owned, any such vote is meaningless.
Nevertheless in their wisdom, or perhaps ignorance, on November 29 2011 the Committee voted to approve the zoning change.
The Executive Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 2 considers motion 801 of the Landmark and Land Use Committee to approve the ULURP for the development of Admirals Row on Jul 25 2011. Scott Witter of Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn attempts to intercede but is silenced. Finally Scott reads his statement for the camera.
Public comment meeting to discuss the Draft Environmental Assessment for the title transfer of Admirals Row will be hosted by The Army National Guard at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209, Wednesday, 4 May 2011 from 5 – 8 pm.
Public can view the Draft Enviromental Assessment from April 24 – May 10, 2011:
- at the following Brooklyn Library locations; Walt Whitman Branch at 93 Saint Edwards St., Brooklyn, New York 11205 ((718) 935- 0244); Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238; ((718) 230-2100); Business Library at 280 Cadman Plaza W. at Tillary St., Brooklyn, NY 11201; ((718) 623-7000).
- Online at: http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/business/buslinks/admiral/index.php
- A hard copy can be obtained from Major Harper (703) 607-7984
- A hard copy can be seen at Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn.
Public can provide comments from 24 April 2011 until 11:59 pm, 10 May 2011.
- At the Public Meeting (see above)
- By email; firstname.lastname@example.org
- By mail: Major Harper (ARNG-ILE), 111 South George Mason Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22204
Comments should include:
- Landmark the entire Admirals Row
- The E.A. (Environmental Assessment) should be replaced by an E.I.S. (Environmental Impact Assessment) which is more exacting
Public notice was published in Brooklyn/ A Special Section of Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Heights Press and Bay Ridge Eagle, Thursday, April 21, 2011, page 7.
Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn is dedicated to the Landmarking of Admirals Row, open 7 – 9 pm. Every Tuesday night. 109 Hall Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205; (718 789 5218)
** The Admirals Row National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Assessment is the wimpy version that will rubber stamp the National Historic Preservation Act 106 Process findings which were compromised also using an environmental assessment which will guarantee the demolition of Admirals Row. The Environmental Impact Statement will allow Admirals Row to be reviewed anew, with possible landmarking.
Fort Green / Clinton Hill Patch reports in an April 23 2011 story – National Guard Backs Out of Preserving Any of Admiral’s Row that, predictably, the National Guard – owners of the Admirals Row heritage site – having blocked immediate preservation efforts – are now claiming that the buildings are beyond repair.
Patch notes that the City and Brooklyn Navy Yard are powerless to intervene until title transfer, meanwhile the city’s development plan is undermined by a corruption scandal involving the developer.
Patch quotes Navy Yard spokesman Shane Kavanagh, who urges that the National Guard transfer title immediately, and provide $2 million to “stabilize” the buildings already designated for preservation.
On March 14 2011 the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Patch hyperlocal news website featured an Op-Ed Landmark All of Admirals Row! from Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn Curator Scott Witter.
Patch’s correspondents had already noted on March 3 in a story – Pols Plead With National Guard to Save Part of Admiral’s Row – that Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Ed Towns pleas for immediate action to take action to prevent further deterioration are being stonewalled by the National Guard.
Scott’s Op-Ed places the blame squarely on Mayor Bloomberg. Scott says that if Bloomberg had landmarked the site five years ago – as he should have – the site would now be sold and developed. Instead the National Guard is happy to delay the process until they can declare the buildings beyond repair. A slow motion tragedy taking place before our own eyes – robbing the Brooklyn and the Nation of its rightful heritage!
On Feb 3 WNYC radio broadcast a segment about Admirals Yard, in particular the egregious neglect by the National Guard. Brooklyn’s Other Museum of Brooklyn’s Scott Witter was amongst those interviewed.