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  City Hall Library Notes, July 2011

SPOTLIGHT ON: Downtown Brooklyn

By Christine Bruzzese

Downtown Brooklyn is home to the borough’s civic center, many businesses, plus educational and cultural institutions. This article highlights some resources in the City Hall Library collection about this corner of northwestern Brooklyn.

Fulton Arcade was prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Downtown Brooklyn Development in 1973. Outlined in this report is a plan for redevelopment of Fulton Street, an area with many retail businesses. Maps, diagrams and statistical tables enhance the text.

Downtown Brooklyn Master Planning Improvement Study: Final Report was prepared by Urbitran Associates for the New York City Public Development Corp. in 1987. This report discusses plans to improve the traffic conditions in downtown Brooklyn. Suggestions include adding new traffic signals, greater enforcement of traffic and parking regulations, reconfiguring lanes and better measurement of air quality.

Downtown Brooklyn: a Plan for Continued Progress is a publication of the Regional Planning Association, prepared for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Brooklyn Borough President in 1996. This study concentrates on developing downtown Brooklyn’s potential for the next millennium.

Many structures in the downtown Brooklyn area have been designated as landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. These include the Dime Savings Bank building on DeKalb Avenue, the former Namm & Son Dept. Store, Old Brooklyn Fire Heaquarters and many more. Consult the catalogue for other designation reports and publications on downtown Brooklyn. Clippings files on the neighborhood and borough can also be useful sources.

Be sure to explore other titles on Brooklyn such as The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Brooklyn: an Illustrated History and many more.


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