Heights History (A Slight Return): How Brooklyn Heights Became A Landmark District (Video)

We first published this video, “Brooklyn Is My Neighborhood/ The Story of New York’s First Historic District” produced by Martin L Schneider and Karl Junkersfeld in 2010. It served as a prelude to Schneider’s book “Battling for Brooklyn Heights“. A version of that work was originally published in serial form in the Brooklyn Heights Press in 1993.

The video and book tell the story of how a united community fought off Robert Moses and achieved its historic landmark status.

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  • Muskrat

    Smart to republish this from time to time so new neighbors can learn!

  • ellymay878

    Thank you so much for this video. I am originally from Greenpoint , Brooklyn , new to Brooklyn Heights, and very aware of how special it is but more so after this video. Love the old photos!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Tonight on PBS there is a documentary about the destruction of Penn Station at 9:00PM. Many feel that the demolition of this historical structure was largely responsible for galvanizing the general public and provided a tremendous impetus for the preservation movement particularly in New York City.


  • Klezmer O’Brien

    This is a fantastic video. Thank you SO much for providing.