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Jeffries Applauds Realty Company for Correcting Boundary

Real estate agency moves Prospect Heights' eastern border back to Washington Avenue

An area pol has won a major victory in his personal “Pro-Cro” war.

Ever since it came out that real estate agents have been calling the swath between Washington Avenue and Bedford Avenue “Pro-Cro” or just deeming it part of Prospect Heights, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries has .

And today, he announced that Corcoran, one of the city’s biggest real estate agencies, has agreed to stop marketing properties in that area as being in Prospect Heights and instead list them in Crown Heights.

“The borders of New York City's neighborhoods are often debated to the point of confusion.  We were happy to comply with Assemblyman Jeffries’ request and appreciate his efforts on behalf of his district,” said Corcoran CEO Pamela Liebman in a statement.

The company has changed the Crown Heights/Prospect Heights border on its website from Bedford Avenue back to Washington Avenue.

The company made the change after Jeffries sent them a letter late last month charging fraud under the New York State Real Property Law (Sec. 441-c(a) of Article 12-A).

"In my view, this misrepresentation appears deliberately designed to artificially inflate housing prices in the Crown Heights community to the detriment of both working families who reside in the neighborhood and the prospective residents who are being deceived," said Assemblyman Jeffries in the letter. 

But while Corcoran has changed this border to appease Jeffries, it appears they haven’t made a boroughwide shift: They still list the border between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy as Bedford Avenue instead of the traditional Classon Avenue, for example.

And he is continuing his fight. He plans to soon introduce legislation that would prevent New York City brokers from making up new neighborhood names and changing the boundaries in general.

Area residents said they were glad to be living in Crown Heights again.

"We know it as Crown Heights … All these years it's been Crown Heights and I feel it should stay that way, said Edith Brice, a retired home heath aide.

Shawn, a 29-year-old carpenter who didn't give his last name, agreed.

"There's pride in the area you're from, you don't want anybody stripping that away from you," he said.

Femi Falebita May 10, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Even though I,ve lived in the area described for the past ten years, I personally don't give care about what name the area is called, Crow Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Ht or E. Prospect Ht. In as mush as the name change might be a welcoming news for some. I strongly belief that most resident will agree with me that stopping the crime waves, finding out why the food pantry lines are getting longer, helping financially strapped residents to keep their homes and finally helping to keep rents affordable will be a much welcoming news for all residents.
Marlon Peterson May 11, 2011 at 04:00 PM
The name issue is only minor compared to the racial implications. Crown Heights is a predominantly Black neighborhood. The idea of a "Prospect Heights" is chic, affluent, white and broadening that idea tells residents that idea depper into Crown Heights tells non-residents that Prospect Hieghts is safer and better because less Black people are there
pat May 11, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Which are the safest areas in Brooklyn, the ones with the most, or less non-whites? Wondering if there are any statistics on this. Do you know Paterson?

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