Bedford Stuyvesant Historic District Gets Expanded

Bedford Stuyvesant’s historic district officially gets new members to its family. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on Tuesday on the expansion of the current borders to add 825 buildings to the historic district, according to an article in the New York Times.

This makes the historic Bed-Stuy district triple in size. As the commission’s Chairperson Robert P. Tierney said in a statement, “The historic district extension speaks not only to Bedford-Stuyvesant’s rich architectural diversity but also to its extraordinary social and cultural diversity and deserves to be protected for present and future generations.”

The houses being preserved are small residences, two-family homes and some institutional buildings. The proposal to expand the district has been on the table since 1993. According to the commission’s’ press release among the newly included buildings are Stuyvesant Heights Christian church built in 1877 and Bethany Baptist Church from 1888. The neighborhood was originally settled by the Dutch in the 17th century and then later by African-American and Caribbean American residents.

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