Round One victory in Landmarks fight goes to angry neighbors of 115 Lincoln Place

Angry neighbors of 115 Lincoln Place say their rear gardens are threatened. Photo by Lore Croghan

Eye On Real Estate: Commissioners hail their garden core as "unique"

Brooklyn Daily Eagle


A nearly pristine Park Slope garden core won praise this week from the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

They told the designers of a proposed multi-floor rear-yard addition at 115 Lincoln Place to go back to the drawing board and come up with something less intrusive to the block's cherished green space, which provides light and air – and a sense of peace – to residents.

“It does measure up to the standard of unique,” Commissioner Libby Ryan said at a Dec. 10 public hearing. Other commissioners echoed her, saying the block is “just so special” and its garden core has “the feel of a commons” like that of iconic Sunnyside Gardens in Queens.

More than 20 of homeowner Michael and Sarah London's neighbors, who have been battling the expansion, testified at the hearing.

In October, we detailed their fight for a scaled-down back-of-the-house build-out at the Londons' 1870s Italianate townhouse

The Landmarks Preservation Commission sent this rear-yard addition plan for 115 Lincoln Place back to the drawing board. Rendering by Zambrano Architectural Design

The garden core behind 115 Lincoln Place in Park Slope is lush and  fabulous. Photo by Lore Croghan

The historic garden core behind 115 Lincoln Place is essentially intact since homes were built in the 1870s and 1880s. Photo by Lore Croghan

December 11, 2013 - 4:30pm



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