South of Park Slope's South Slope, astride Windsor Terrace, development angst floats on the breeze. A slew of tall new buildings are changing a neighborhood that lacks strict zoning regulations?and, in one ballyhooed case, potentially blocking views of the Statue of Liberty from the Green-Wood Cemetery, Boss Tweed's final resting place. The NYT reports "developers making cash offers of $600,000 to $700,000 for modest frame houses," which is leading to grass-roots protests, as detailed at SouthSouthSlope.com:
Send a clear message to developers and real estate agents with a mock 'For Sale' sign that reads 'House Not For Sale'. We are rapidly papering the neighborhood with these signs, and would like everyone from 15th Street to 23rd Street to join us in displaying this sign prominently on their homes to show that we are united against non-contextual over development.There's also a "March to Battle Hill" planned for Sunday. Though height caps make sense in a low-rise neighborhood like this, we'd be remiss not to quote the Curbed reader who emails, "Interesting. Hard to tell if the new construction or the old rundown shitholes are uglier."
· Save South South Slope, Brooklyn's Final Frontier [southsouthslope.com]
· Save Greenwood Heights and Battle Hill [Petition Online]
· Raise a Hand if You Like the View [NYTimes]