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REBNY amps up campaign against Downtown Brooklyn landmarking

January 18, 2012 02:00PM

The Real Estate Board of New York has pumped up its efforts to block the landmark designation of a swath of 21 commercial building in Downtown Brooklyn, Crain’s reported.

Last September the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the landmarking, known as the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District; it includes 16 Court Street, 191 Joralemon Street and 75 Livingston Street

All designations require final approval from the City Council and mayor within 120 days. The City Council will vote on the matter on Feb. 1. REBNY has just stepped up their campaign against the designation, mailing flyers to residents and writing a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn urging her to vote against the district.

Steven Spinola, president of REBNY, called the proposed area “a district that most people with any common sense would agree is not worthy of landmarking.” [Crain’s]