[photo by Ron Foster – Ron Louis Photos]

The Fort Greene Association is an inclusive organization, concerned about the needs of all residents. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, live in the Historic District or outside, you are welcome to become involved, join the association and attend meetings and events.

We want to know what is important to you and how we can work together to make Fort Greene an even better place to live and work.

The Fort Greene Association, originally named the Fort Greene Landmarks Preservation Committee, was formed in 1973 to preserve the distinctive 19th century architectural heritage of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, including the Olmsted and Vaux designed Fort Greene Park and Stanford White’s Prison Ship’s Martyrs Memorial. In 1978, the diligent efforts of the late Herbert Scott-Gibson, the founder of The Fort Greene Landmarks Preservation Committee, and other early members, were rewarded when both BAM and the Fort Greene historic districts were accorded landmark district status by the New York City Landmarks Commission. Along with the Historic District of Clinton Hill, this downtown Brooklyn area is one of the largest intact remnants of a 19th century city in New York State and the nation. In 1994 the Fort Greene Landmarks Preservation Committee was changed to The Fort Greene Association upon federal recognition as a not for profit organization.

Over time, The Fort Greene Association’s mission has evolved to address many of the broader concerns of our diverse community. Working together with our elected officials, city agencies and commissions and other community organizations, the Fort Greene Association has tried to insure that area residents have a voice concerning larger issues that affect our neighborhood. Among other things, the Fort Greene Association has worked closely with The New York Department of City Planning to amend zoning to ensure that future development in Fort Greene will harmonize in scale and purpose with the character of the neighborhood; lobbied the NYC Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian and biker safety; and through proceeds raised from the highly successful, biannual Fort Greene House Tour and additional private donations, the Fort Greene Association has begun distributing grants to a variety of local community organizations and has reached out to several local, public schools with seed money to enhance education and arts programs.