Pencil Factory Landmarks Hearing

Received an email from a reader with this heads-up:

PUBLIC MEETING ITEM No. 4
LP-2264
Staff: D. Presa
Time: 12:10-1:30 PM

The Landmark Preservation Commission is holding one of its biennial blockbuster meetings on Tuesday. On the agenda [pdf] are votes or hearings for over a dozen significant buildings or districts.

Eberhard Faber Pencil Company Historic District (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): Eberhard Faber is credited with bringing German lead-pencil-making techniques to the United States transforming his business into one of the largest employers in Brooklyn. A largely female work force of several hundred made huge numbers of low-cost pencils. Faber opened his first factory on the East River at the foot of 42nd Street in 1961, but moved to Kent and West Streets in Greenpoint after a fire in May 1872. The company kept adding buildings to its complex until 1924, and eventually left New York for Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in 1956.

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