December 8, 2014
Established in 1980, the state preservation awards are given by State Parks each year to honor excellence in the protection and rejuvenation of New York’s historic and cultural resources.
NDC was an honored recipient of the NY State Preservation Award for their work on the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The theatre was recognized for the outstanding rehabilitation and restoration of the lavish early 20th century entertainment palace. The awards were presented at a ceremony held at the award-winning Academy Lofts in Albany, an abandoned school that has been transformed into a vibrant living and work space for artists as well as a community arts center and business incubator for creative enterprises.
Seth Bongartz, Board Member, accepted the award on behalf of NDC. Seth stated “For us, being involved in the revitalization of the Loew’s Kings Theatre means returning home. The National Development Council was formed in 1969 to work in economically underserved communities throughout the United States. However, the inspiration for the founding of NDC was the late Senator Robert Kennedy’s work in inner city Brooklyn, which started in 1967 with the creation of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.”
NDC would like to thank Goldman Sachs our investor, the City of New York our partner and primary grant provider, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for its generous grant, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President who championed the project and provided a grant to complete some important improvements, ACE Theatrical for including us in their magnificent project, the State Historic Preservation Office for their support though the entire process and the hard working men and women who applied their skills to recreate this wonderful theatre.
Below are some photos of the event.