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Hey guys. I was wondering if you could help me figure out where I live.

No, really.

I live in Bed-Stuy. I just moved here a few weeks ago. And as I was walking around, I noticed some street signs near where I live, which distinguished a part of the neighborhood as Stuyvesant Heights. Curious, I googled. I found out that Bed-Stuy is made up of four smaller neighborhoods: Bedford, Stuyvesant Heights, Ocean Hill and Weeksville.

The Stuyvesant Heights street signs are brown, and the sign on my street is green. The brown street signs end two blocks south of me, so I'm guessing that's the Stuyvesant Heights border. Weeksville seems to also be farther south, so that's out. I'm guessing I probably live in Bedford, but I'm basing that mostly on the fact that it's the Wikipedia page with the least info (and thus the hardest to disprove).

Can anyone direct me to a better link? Or does anyone just know off the top of their head what the neighborhood directly north of Stuyvesant Heights is?



x-posted to brooklynliving
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On July 20th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC), drfardook commented:
Brown street signs are for historic districts which don't necessarily follow neighborhood lines.
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On July 20th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC), hopita replied:
So there may be Stuyvesant Heights proper and then the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District?

I suddenly feel like I'm never going to figure this out.
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On July 20th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC), drfardook replied:
Historic districts are areas which have legal protection for the architecture. If you own a building in the neighborhood you must preserve it in its original state or petition a council to make any exterior changes. Its really not a neighborhood in itself, its just a section of the city that the city decided was worth preserving and protecting from condo building bastards.

Here's a map of brooklyn districts:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/maps/maps_bklyn.shtml
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On July 20th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC), hopita replied:
Huh. So I probably do live in Stuyvesant Heights after all. I wouldn't have guessed that.

Cool. Thanks.

Probably a much bigger question, but any idea how they go about designating Historic Districts? That map seems very random and arbitrary (especially the parts where half of a block appears to be in and the other half appears to be out).
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On July 20th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC), emblebug replied:
check out the website for the NY Historic Districts Council:

http://www.hdc.org/

I teach Historic Preservation, and basically, there's a huge process to go through with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to get designated. Some districts are only a couple blocks (Alice & Agate Courts), others encompass many blocks. It all depends on what fits in the NYC Landmarks Law.
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On July 20th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC), decafdyke replied:
the HD designations are made based on architecture, so in a case where, say, half a block is well-preserved brownstones and the other half was rebuilt into apartment blocks in the 70's, only the brownstone half is supposed to get designated. of course, people often walk away from the process feeling the designation (or non-designation) was random, arbitrary, and/or wrong.

looks like we just missed a chance to learn about bed-stuy geography from an expert: http://www.bedstuyblog.com/2010/07/walking-tours-of-bedford-stuyvesant-and-crown-heights/

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On July 20th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC), hopita replied:
Oooh, rats! But thanks for alerting me to the existence of http://www.bedstuyblog.com -- I'll add it to my regular reading list (and syndicate it here on LJ, if it hasn't been syndicated already).
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On July 20th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC), hopita replied:
ETA:
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On July 20th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC), sometimesdee commented:
Never even heard of Stuyvesant Heights. Bed-Stuy, Ocean Hill and Weeksville, yes. But I lump them all into Bed-Stuy.
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On July 20th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC), chantalzola replied:
I didn't find out about it until after I moved out of Bed-Stuy.
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