Who We Are

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York.

Founded by local merchants and community activists, the AALDC is committed to Atlantic Avenue, one of the great streets of New York. It is home to people of various cultural backgrounds, vibrant and successful businesses, long standing institutions, and rich architectural character. This 1.5 mile stretch knits together the established neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn.

In the 1970’s the AALDC sought a way to promote Brooklyn and “welcome” visitors to dine, shop, and enjoy the historic Atlantic Avenue areas. The resulting event was the first annual Atlantic Antic in 1974. In 1986, the AALDC was formed as a 501(c)(3) organization to support the Atlantic Antic and its mission formed to grow these principles into other like programs and advocacy.

Today, the AALDC works to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding Atlantic Avenue through advocacy, cultural events, outreach/PR and historic preservation. Because business is promoted by preservation of the 19th century buildings on Atlantic Avenue, especially Civil War-era storefronts, the AALDC encourages compliance with the Atlantic Avenue Special Zoning District, which the AALDC helped create.



Acting Executive Director – Howard Kolins
Communications & PR Assistant – Shantal Marshall
Administrative & Events Assistant – Christine Obiora
Events Assistant – Carolina Juarez


President – Nat Rubin
Past President – Christian Haag
Vice President – Sue Wolfe
Treasurer – Scott Steib
Secretary – Sharon Taylor

Acting Executive Director – Howard Kolins
Emilio Borrego
Debra Hare-Bey
Emily Fisher
Katya Issaeva
Terry McMahon
Allen Moody
Darlene Samuels
Adam Suerte
Billy Thanopolous
Eileen Trulli
Karen Zebulon