In a move the Dakota's co-op board will surely hate, the Landmarks Preservation Commission honored the start of Black History Month by approving the Addisleigh Park Historic District in Queens. The new historic district covers 422 houses in the St. Albans neighborhood?houses that were built between the 1910s and 1930s for white buyers only. That didn't stop Addisleigh Park from becoming a magnet for prominent African-Americans (lawsuits be damned), including Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Above is a scene-setting photo of 175th Street, and click through the gallery for a few close-up looks at some particularly famous houses.
· Historic Black Enclave in Queens Gains Landmark Status [City Room]
· Queens neighborhood Addisleigh Park ... declared landmark [NYDN]