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(Updated October 13, 2020)

IMPORTANT: Testify at the LPC Hearing

This is it: Our biggest battle, the one that decides everything, is upon us.

The developers are presenting their project to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday, October 20 at a remote public hearing. The LPC has the authority to decide whether this project moves forward. While we oppose the project on many grounds, the LPC only considers arguments related to the preservation of the historical landmark. Therefore, in order to win this, we must make arguments that fall within LPC’s narrow purview.

We need you more than ever, so please read on.

You can participate in one of three ways:

OPTION 1. Fight on All Fronts
Provide both written and oral testimony for the LPC hearing on Tuesday 10/20. This involves:
– preparing your own testimony (which you can email to us for feedback!)
– emailing your statement to testimony@lpc.nyc.gov by Monday, October 19 at 12 noon
registering to testify at the hearing (the meeting will be held via Zoom.)
– attending the hearing on the afternoon of October 20 (starting at 12:45 PM) and reading your powerful, emotional, convincing 3-min testimony when your name is called!

OPTION 2. Write Something Powerful (~1 hour time commitment)
Provide an original written testimony for the LPC hearing on Tuesday 10/20. This involves:
– preparing your own testimony (which you can email to us for feedback!)
– emailing your statement to testimony@lpc.nyc.gov by Monday, October 19 at noon

Anyone opting for Option 1 or 2 can ask us questions by emailing friendsof920park@riseup.net. We need as much engagement as possible and are here to help. Longtime Crown Heights residents are especially encouraged to make passionate, personal statements.

OPTION 3. Help Flood the LPC (takes 1 minute!)
Send in a pre-drafted written testimony for the LPC hearing on Tuesday 10/20. You can either:
– send this letter via Action Network in just 2 clicks (preferred, so we can keep track of the number of emails sent)
– access the script and instructions here, and send your own email

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF 1,000
TESTIMONY LETTERS BY THE END OF THIS WEEK!

This is the most important thing you can do to stop this development—thank you so much for your sustained engagement.


Sign the Petition

Click here to add your signature to the online petition opposing the project. You can share it with friends and neighbors by using the short URL change.org/PreserveCHN.
Please note that the change.org platform asks if you want to donate after you sign. If you do this you are sending money to change.org, not to us. We are not soliciting any donations.

Join the Mailing List

The best way to help not just today, but in the weeks and months ahead, is to join our mailing list, this way you can stay informed of various action items as they come up.


Call Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
District 36 Council Member

(718) 919-0740

Don’t be shy—what counts is the volume of calls, not your eloquence. Council Member Cornegy is running for borough president in 2021, so any Brooklyn resident should call, not just his current constituents.

Sample script:

Hello, my name is _____. I’m a Brooklyn resident. 
(If applicable: I am one of your constituents. Check who represents you here.)

I am calling with serious concerns about the 180-unit complex being proposed on the grounds of the original Methodist Home for the Aged, now the Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School, at 920 Park Place. I urge Council Member Cornegy to step in and block this outlandish construction in his district. The scale is absurd, the density is absurd, and the design is completely inappropriate for our landmarked neighborhood. The development will gentrify our neighborhood, crowd our buses and subways, eliminate green space that is essential to air quality, and desecrate a beloved historic building. This is unacceptable.

Alternatives are not just possible, they are necessary. What will Council Member Cornegy do to help Hebron secure alternative financing to achieve their goals? If Robert Cornegy wants my vote for borough president in 2021, he must get the city involved and find a solution that benefits the school and the community at large. This would make good on his campaign promise to “realize a bold vision for the future.”
Thank you for your time.


Call Laurie Cumbo
District 35 Council Member

(718) 260-9191

Please call Council Member Cumbo if you are one of her constituents. Check who represents you here.

Sample script:

Hello, my name is _____. I’m a constituent from zip code _____. 

I am calling with serious concerns about the 180-unit complex being proposed on the grounds of the original Methodist Home for the Aged, now the Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School, at 920 Park Place. I urge Council Member Cumbo to step in and block this outlandish construction impacting her district. The scale is absurd, the density is absurd, and the design is completely inappropriate for our landmarked neighborhood. The development will gentrify our neighborhood, crowd our buses and subways, eliminate green space that is essential to air quality, and desecrate a beloved historic building. This is unacceptable.

Alternatives are not just possible, they are necessary. What will Council Member Cumbo do to help Hebron achieve their goals in a way that benefits the school and the community at large? We desperately need her to get involved now.
Thank you for your time.


Distribute Flyers

Can you help hand out flyers on your block? Do you live in a large building near 920 Park Place where you can slip flyers under neighbors’ doors? If so, shoot us an email at friendsof920park@riseup.net. You can also download and print posters here and here to post in your window or on your door.

Post on Social Media

Spread the word using the hashtag #DefendTheCrownBK. You can download Instagram-ready images here, and follow us on there at @friendsof920park.