Thousands back petition to save historic Brooklyn banquet hall from demolition
A historic banquet hall in Park Slope that has served the community for over a century could be demolished, according to new demolition permits filed by a new owner.
Park Slope residents are now rallying as they fight to save the Grand Prospect Hall, a historic venue described by many as an icon of Brooklyn.
"We are fighting to save this facade and keep the structural permit from going through so this can be kept as an event space and an environment for the community,” says Jim Glaser, one resident trying to save the event hall.
The building was sold to a new owner after longtime owner Michael Halkias died back in May of 2020.
According to the Department of Buildings, Angelo Rigas of Gowanus Cubes LLC is the self-reported owner of the property.
City data shows the new owner has permits to demolish the inside of the building, but an application for demolition of the entire building remains incomplete.
Now, 16-year-old Solya Spiegel is leading a fight to stop any further destruction by seeking landmark status for the century-old building.
"This has been a place where I've been able to learn about my heritage. It's been a place where I've gotten to share with my community. It's a space that I need,” says Spiegel.
The hall is a space that thousands of others feel they need as well after a petition started by Spiegel has garnered more than 8,000 signatures in less than two weeks.
An attorney for owner Angelo Rigas has declined to comment.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission says a request to evaluate Grand Prospect Hall as a possible landmark is under review.