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Call it a landmark day.

Sunset Parkers can weigh in on a proposal to designate four historic districts in their neighborhood at a public hearing the city Landmarks Preservation Commission will host May 7 on the distant isle of Manhattan.

The hearing, slated to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the landmarks agency’s ninth floor office at 1 Centre Street at Chambers St., will give locals a chance to tell commission members why they do or do not support the designation — which would forever preserve more than 500 buildings located within the proposed districts — in the last step of the formal designation process before the commission takes its vote at a public meeting.

The proposed districts include:

• 44th Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues;

• 46th, 47th, and 48th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues, plus the Sixth Avenue–facing blocks between 47th and 49th streets;

• 50th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues;

• and 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, and 59th streets between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

The areas contain a mix of wood, stone, and brick structures, as well as row houses built between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which represent the neighborhood’s “primary periods of development and building typologies,” according to Kate Lemos McHale, the agency’s director of research.

Commission members announced their decision to calendar the proposal — the first formal step in the designation process — in January, years after local preservationists from the so-called Sunset Park Landmarks Committee first pushed the landmarks agency to evaluate 22 neighborhood blocks for the designation back in March 2014.

That request led agency staffers to conduct their own survey of the neighborhood — currently home to only five individual landmarks — which resulted in commission members identifying the four areas they may soon designate as official historic districts.

City law requires the commission to designate historic districts within two years of a vote to calendar any proposed enclaves, according to spokeswoman Zodet Negron, who said the agency has yet to set a date for its public meeting to vote on the suggested Sunset Park districts.

Sunset Park historic districts public hearing at Landmarks Preservation Commission (1 Centre Street at Chambers St., ninth floor, in Manhattan). May 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 2:59 pm, May 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Many lovely and worthy streets are not included in this proposal -- such as the 400 blocks of 45th and 63rd streets.
May 6, 2019, 9:13 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Every brownstone should be declared a landmark.
May 6, 2019, 10:06 pm
Uprose from Sunset Park says:
This is another sign of creeping gentrification and white hegemony.
May 7, 2019, 5:40 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
So Uprose, you like the ugly crude alterations being done to buildings in Sunset? Blind people could design more attractive structures than what are being created.
May 7, 2019, 6:48 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Every brownstone should be torn down to make way for new condos.
May 7, 2019, 9:12 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Long overdue, especially if you look at what happened to the old police station on 4th ave. Please do, and soon.
May 7, 2019, 10:14 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Monotonous. Cookie-cutter designs because developers just wanted to make a profit. And now we want to landmark them?
May 7, 2019, 10:28 am
Jose from Sunset Park says:
Uprose is an "anti" group. They make a lot of noise, but actual residents tend to roll their eyes when they're brought up. Anti bike lanes, anti landmarks, anti industry city, anti public art. Anything that improves quality of life is seen as a threat. Sunset Park deserves to have it's history preserved!
May 7, 2019, 10:37 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Monotonous? They look better than brick boxes with no architectural detail at all and stainless steel jail bars on the doors and windows. That is what is being created.
May 7, 2019, 3:40 pm

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