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A 1923 Postcard of Sunset Park For You
By The Editors
We fully admit that not all nostalgia is good. Take the legacy of racism, for instance. Virginia Governor Northam's blackface scandal (and non-apology) recently reminded us that some people are incapable of critically examining their nostalgia. But there are some legacies worth keeping. Take beautiful historic architecture in a rapidly gentrifying area like Brooklyn. That's why we're pleased to learn that the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission recently announced their interest in designating properties in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood.
According to the Brooklyn Paper, the commission will move forward with formally considering four districts in the neighborhood. If approved, Sunset Park would get hundreds of buildings landmarked, which is something some people have wanted for years. (Check out the Historic District Council's opinion of Sunset Park as "deserving" here.)
Given this news, we thought we'd turn to the Brooklyn Public Library for an archival image of Sunset Park. So we offer you this 1923 postcard, above, with an aerial view of the park for which the neighborhood is named. Makes you want to break out your gel pens and write someone, huh?
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