Community Board 13 Chairman Richard Hellenbrecht said that while the board hasn’t been directly involved in the quest to secure Laurelton as a historic district, the body would certainly be in favor of it.
“It was mentioned as part of the zoning meetings,” Hellenbrecht said. “I’d certainly like our land use committee to be aware of it and involved in it.”
Hellenbrecht continued, adding that of all the neighborhoods in C.B.13, Laurelton was certainly at the top of the list of those with potential.
“Laurelton if anything, is unique — it’s the English tudor style — if any area is eligible, or should be recognized that would be it.”
However, Hellenbrecht acknowledged that it might be an uphill battle.
“I’m very upset that Queens in general has been left off the list of the city’s historic districts,” Hellenbrecht said. “There are very few sites which have been approved.”
Historic district may be in future for Laurelton
Graziano was also upset about the lack of suburban sites in the city which are recognized, saying that the LPC usually eschews sites that represent New York City’s suburban areas in favor of areas that resemble the city’s more metropolitan image.
New York City’s LPC could not be contacted for comment by press time.