Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission added a new historic district to the neighborhood — one that residents have been pushing for years now. Now known as the Bedford Historic District, it includes about 800 Italianate, Neo-Grec and Queen Anne buildings between Bedford and Tompkins avenues and Monroe and Macon streets. Girls High School, on Nostrand, and Boys High School, on Marcy –both stunning buildings! — are now protected. You can read more about the architecture within the district here [PDF]. This is awesome news, because it protects some of the neighborhood’s best buildings from demolition and the god-awful additions that are going up on brownstones these days. (Any changes to the facades of these buildings will now have to be approved by the LPC.)
According to DNAinfo, one of the commissioners called the area a “museum of late 19th century architecture.” LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said the neighborhood was “obviously an historic district.” Yes, we know! Bedford Historic District is the third area designated in the neighborhood; the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District was approved in 1971 then expanded in 2013.