BROOKLYN HAS ITS SHARE of silly neighborhood acronyms. The best is DUMBO for “Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass;” the worst is BOCOCA for Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, which I’ve never heard anyone say out loud.
Now there’s a new one, and you heard it here first: BECOSMI, “Between Court and Smith.”
What’s not so amusing is the fact that a dozen or so BECOSMI blocks south of State Street — encompassing parts of Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens but not included in the official Historic Districts of either neighborhood — are vulnerable to demolition, development, or inappropriate renovation.
The blocks between State and Bergen are a “gerrymandered creature,” Truslow says, meaning that buildings of historic importance there are scattered. Still, she says, there are a fair number of “sweet buildings that deserve protection.”
Truslow and other local activists are working simultaneously on several fronts, including the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, the non-profit Historic Districts Council, and the city’s overworked Landmarks Preservation Commission.
It’s an arduous process, sure to drag on for years.
The photos in this post give the merest glimpse of what they’re trying to protect. Worth the trouble, wouldn’t you say?