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Skyscraper Historic District Approved In Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Borough Hall - Brooklyn, NY (file / credit: City of New York)

Brooklyn Borough Hall – Brooklyn, NY (file / credit: City of New York)

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a new historic district in downtown Brooklyn.

The Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District is a cluster of 21 buildings surrounding Brooklyn’s Borough Hall.

The landmarks board approved the creation of the district Tuesday despite the objections of business groups. They’d argued that the designation would burden owners with new costs and regulations.

The co-op board of the district’s only residential building also opposed the designation.

Co-op board president Ellen Murphy said the vote would increase the cost of maintaining the building.

Landmarks Commission Chairman Robert Tierney told The New York Times his staff had met with business owners and residents and talked through the district’s potential impact with them.

He said that in some instances, costs may go up slightly.

What do you think of the new desgination? Sound off below!

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