Atlantic Avenue has a long history as a commercial street, dating back to the Civil War. During the period of 1860-1864, shipping activity along the Brooklyn waterfront became an important part of the lifeline that supported troops far to the south with war supplies. As a result, Atlantic Avenue soon emerged as the center of shipping related commerce, making business highly profitable for its numerous merchants.
Many of the buildings along Atlantic Avenue and in surrounding neighborhoods are the architectural heritage of this prosperous era. These include 19th century commercial buildings with ground floor storefronts, which were built with large expanses of glass to display the wide assortment of merchandise available to pedestrians passing by.
Today Atlantic Avenue is one of the most important main streets and historic/cultural destination spots in Brooklyn. It boasts various types of cultural cuisine, family-run businesses, antique shops, art galleries and boutiques.
Historic Preservation is vital to historic communities such as Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, in keeping the areas historical integrity and aesthetic appeal alive. The benefits of advocating historic preservation values in a community are far and wide. Historic Preservation seeks to protect and prolong the existence of cultural properties. It results in creating jobs, stimulates investments, increases property value, revitalizes communities, and supports small businesses and affordable housing.
AALDC & HP
AALDC seeks to use historic preservation practices to help economic development and cultural enrichment through the Atlantic Avenue Special Zoning District, which AALDC assisted in creating. The regulations set by the special zoning district ensures the conservation and preservation of the distinctive 19th century architectural integrity of the avenue. AALDC established a preservation committee to oversee preservation activities on Atlantic Avenue and to assist in Atlantic Avenue property owners in utilizing the benefits of historic preservation. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in these efforts