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To make the case for expanding the Park Slope Historic District

Monday, March 9, 2009

Park Slope Neighborhood and Architectural History Guide

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Park Slope Civic Council's annual public forum, which this year was devoted to expanding the Park Slope Historic District.

Very special thanks to our guest panelists who included Francis Morrone, noted historian, scholar, and author; Simeon Bankoff, Executive director of the Historic Districts Council; and Kate Daly and Tenzing Chadotsang of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Many Park Slope residents turned out to learn about the privileges and responsibilities associated with landmark designation in New York City.

We want to call attention to the fact that Francis Morrone's great new book, the Park Slope Neighborhood and Architectural History Guide, is available exclusively in Park Slope at the Community Bookstore, in 7th Avenue between Carroll Street and Garfield Place.

People often ask how they can help our effort to preserve Park Slope's unique character and "sense of place". Well, it all starts with helping our local authors and businesses, instead of opting for the "convenience" of ordering online or buying from a chain bookstore. Will it be "convenient" if all our local businesses have shut down, because we all order online? No way! So support your local merchants and authors and buy a copy of the Park Slope Neighborhood and Archtectural History Guide today! It's a bargain at twice the price.

Finally, we want to extend very special thanks to Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter of the Old First Reformed Church, for allowing us to conduct our Forum in his sanctuary, and for offering such kind words of welcome and understanding at the start of the proceedings. It is extremely helpful to hear such words of encouragement from someone who so clearly understands what we are about in this campaign.

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