Thursday, July 24, 2008

Images From Admiral's Row Forum, Brooklyn Borough Hall

Tuesday evening the National Guard held an informational forum at Brooklyn Borough Hall to solicit public input about the future of Admiral's Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Admiral's Row is the disintegrating row of 19th-century houses which are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Navy Yard wants to demolish them and build a supermarket with a large parking lot and a light industrial complex.

Preservationists, such as Brent Porter, an architecture professor at the Pratt Institute, have developed an alternate plan which calls for "adaptive reuse" of the buildings. These include a supermarket but with a smaller parking lot.

A rally organized by City Councilwoman Letitia James took place on Borough Hall’s front steps. A crowd, bused in by James, demanded the Navy Yard's version ASAP.

The two photos below are of renderings that were on display at the rally. (You can click on the second photo to read the text.)

This last rendering is of Brent Porter's "adaptive reuse" plan.

Better minds than mine have written excellent summations of the forum and the issues. Here are three:

Public Hearing on Admiral's Row Held Last Night Brownstoner
Decrepit Admiral's Row Houses Must Go, Say Pols, Local Residents ... Brooklyn Eagle
Wrecking Ball or Preservation? Admiral's Row Get a Hearing Curbed

Photos by MK Metz

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