A Brooklyn Landmark Gets Its Crown — New York Times

5/01/2004, New York, New York

The terra cotta cherubs are getting new little fingers and noses. Some of the 22 full-size lions’heads have been reconstructed, and all have been cleaned. But best of all, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is getting its cornice back. Once 280 feet long and 15 feet high, the richly ornamented crown of the 1908 opera house and concert hall had gone missing generations ago. Its brutalist substitute was grimy stucco. Now, however, as scaffolding is removed after two years of construction, passers-by can view more and more of the riotously colorful, neo-Classical north fašade that was once a cynosure of downtown Brooklyn.