Stop Demolition of Ward's Bakery

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The Ward's Bakery at 800 Pacific Street is a gem of historic industrial architecture. Completed in 1911, it's builder, George Ward, had taken his architects to Europe for inspiration in its design.

The building is graced with rows of Greco-Roman inspired arches, embellished with a delicate band of a classic wave motif, and clothed entirely in gleaming white terra cotta tile.

Ward's Bakery is a magnificent candidate for adaptive reuse and would yield amazing living and/or workspaces. The success of such conversions has been demonstrated again and again in former industrial enclaves, such as SOHO, Tribeca, and the meat-packing district.

Forest City Ratner is poised to demolish this building, even while their proposed project is still being litigated and may never materialize, leaving us with a wasteland of demolition sites.

We urge you intervene immediately and save this irreplaceable historic treasure for the delight of generations to come.

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  • Elyse N
  • Carolyn N
  • catherine j
  • Nancy B. D
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    • Preserve our heritage! Once it's lost it can never be rebuilt...
  • Tim S
  • Carla M
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    • New York's past is just as precious as its future! Save this landmark building!
  • Steven E
  • Steven E
  • Jennifer L
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    • Please make Ratner Develop Brooklyn not destroy it.
  • Luis U
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    • Please reconsider the Atlantic yards project and the destruction of Brooklyn
  • Arlene S
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    • Let's keep fighting to keep outsize development from our neighborhoods.
  • lisa s
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    • please stop this developer from irrevocably altering historic brooklyn, the things we love about the borough, the things which will never return once they're gone.
  • christina z
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    • please leave some character in our neighborhood!historically interesting buildings are treasures to be reused for another generation.
  • Walter G
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    • Please do not let a private entity take irrevocable action until the legal process has run its course!
  • Rachel N
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    • Please rethink the Arena!!! This is a devastating mistake to not only the people of Brooklyn, but all of New York City!!!!
  • Krishna S
  • Michael R
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    • Progress is possible without tearing down the past!
  • David G
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    • Please tear it down, its Ugly. Ratner owns it, let him do what he wants.
  • Michael Oskar Kleinsteuber, Park Place, Brooklyn N
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    • Have the courage and the heart to keep our historic buildings intact.
  • Lillian H
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    • This is a beautiful block, with some natural gentrification could be amazing. Think SOHO, imagine if someone had come in the early 1980s and decided to scrap those old cast iron buildings for a mac-skyscraper.
  • Thierry C
  • Justine S
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    • Please don't destroy our home in Brooklyn!!!!
  • Rachel G
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    • Please preserve this vestige of old Brooklyn!
  • Andy C
  • Lance A
  • jennie p
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    • please stop
  • William P
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    • 38-year resident of Fort Greene: We fought long and hard to protect this neighborhood, only to see Ratner do what he wants near it. Let the bakery be the symbol for a renewed, well-considered plan for the Yards.
  • Laurin S
  • Michael C
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    • I am a nature writer and author of the book Wild New York. I fear demolitions of this type spell the end of the best parts of Brooklyn.
  • Christopher N
  • Dee R
  • charles s. d
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    • please stop this maddness
  • David D
  • Phyllis W
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    • We have precious architectural history in Brooklyn! It is being destroyed by greed. Please save this part of Brooklyn's past!
  • Meg P
  • Winnie L
  • John L
  • Shawn M
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    • Save the bakery!
  • Mitch F
  • Hilary N
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    • The Ratner project will destroy the wonderful character of our neighborhood. Please stop this project-- this nightmare!
  • michael c
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    • Without preservation, their will be no character or reason to live in New York City.
  • Neile K
  • Nancy D
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    • Please remember what foolish haste and greed did to Pennsylvania Station. What we have to show for it is a ghastly piece of graceless ticky-tacky junk.
  • Joyce H
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  • barney d
  • Amber W
  • Daniel R
  • Maxwell K
  • Jennifer M
  • Tim S
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    • Please add some sanity to the destruction of a great neighborhopod