Assafa Islamic Center Revealed at 172 Eldridge
As Ramadan concludes, we bring news that the Lower East Side will soon have a brand new masjid to call its own. At 172 Eldridge Street.
With well over four years of demolition and construction under its collective belt, the Assafa Islamic Center, as it’s called, is thisclose to opening at Eldridge and Delancey. From the outset the six-story project was wrought with stop-work orders, construction hiatuses, and large funding gaps. But work continued behind its cage, nonetheless. And now, the big reveal.
The sidewalk bridge-netting-scaffolding trifecta was deposed and carted away late last week. Matching the renderings, it’s a touch of the ornate for this sleepy block. The masjid joins the two churches on the corner, expanding the area’s religious diversity. A synagogue would complete the puzzle…
Meanwhile, the Assafa Islamic Center is actually headquartered in the basement of 172 Allen Street, its home for the last fourteen years.
This new religious facility boasts the following…
Basement: multi-purpose usage
First Floor: main prayer area, offices, gift shop
Second Floor: men’s prayer area and bathroom
Third Floor: women’s prayer area
Fourth and Fifth Floors: NYS Board of Education compliant Islamic school
Sixth Floor: housing facility, research library, conference room