The St. George Civic Association is revisiting a proposal to expand the St. George-New Brighton Historic District, to protect the neighborhood’s attractive sense of place and quality of life.
In autumn 2013, the SGCA expressed conditional support for the New York Wheel and Empire Outlets developments on the St. George waterfront. What the neighborhood impact both positive and negative will be remains to be seen, but the long-awaited renaissance of the north shore appears to be moving ahead rapidly, bringing many changes in the next few years. This, therefore, is a perfect time to expand the St. George-New Brighton Historic District to preserve the desirable character of our neighborhood.
The district currently encompasses the area around St. Marks Place, Westervelt and Hamilton Avenues, and adjacent streets, shaded in the map above. Since 1996, it has been a strong stabilizer within the growing, ever-changing greater St. George neighborhood. Historic district residents can welcome the new influx of nearby development knowing no out-of-context development can occur within the District. Historic district designation has protected it and many other NYC neighborhoods experiencing rapid re-development.
The St. George II extension, outlined in above map, would expand the district along Hamilton Avenue to St. Marks Place, up Daniel Low Terrace to include the Fort Hill area comprising Fort Hill Circle, Fort Hill Park, Fort Place, Belmont Place and Vine Street. It includes a variety of architectural styles -- Colonial, Georgian, Tudor, Shingle and Spanish revivals -- reflecting the architectural diversity of St. George and New Brighton.
Over the next year, the St. George Civic Association will hold public meetings to discuss this proposal and receive comments, which are welcome and encouraged. We hope you will participate.