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“The Landmarks of New York” at the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse
October 6, 2017
Regional dignitaries unveiling the permanent exhibition of “The Landmarks of New York” at the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse, October 5, 2017. Pictured from left to right are: Acting Region 2 PBS Regional Commissioner Darren Gomez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Carla Craig, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner and “Landmarks of New York” exhibit donor Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry, and PBS Commissioner Dan Mathews.
By Ben Zabava
The Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in downtown Brooklyn has always been widely known as a vital hub of law and commerce, but it also happens to be a great source of increased cultural richness for its visitors and the community at large. The gorgeous exterior façade of this landmarked Romanesque Revival courthouse continues to be a major highlight of the Cadman Plaza/Metrotech district; now, its interior has also become home to a new treasure—“The Landmarks of New York,” a collection of some 95 high-quality prints of dozens of New York’s historic and landmarked buildings.
Installed in the courthouse’s second floor atrium, the collection was donated by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and officially unveiled in an opening ceremony the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2017. The permanent exhibit is a further embodiment of the strong and lasting partnership between GSA and our customer agencies such as the Eastern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as community stakeholders like the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance.
Speakers at the ceremony included Chief Judge Carla Craig of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dean Matthew Diller of Fordham Law School, Chief Judge Dora L. Irizarry of the U.S. District Court, Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Acting Region 2 PBS Regional Commissioner Darren Gomez of GSA. Newly appointed GSA PBS Commissioner Dan Mathews attended in conjunction with a visit to Region 2 from Central Office in Washington, DC.
The collection is open to all visitors, upon undergoing the building’s routine security screening. Viewing the exhibit is reason to visit in and of itself, as it captures in one prolonged, contemplative stroll just what our landmark laws have done to preserve the spirit and character of New York. It is also a reminder of GSA’s own profound commitment to maintain and cherish the excellence, beauty, and cultural heritage of our nation’s federally owned real estate inventory.
“The Landmarks of New York” is on permanent display at the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse, Second Floor Atrium, 271-C Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201.