Cops Are Investigating Lower East Side Synagogue Fire as ‘Arson’

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Top officials at the NYPD announced last night that the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol fire was arson. The revelation was a slow leak, arriving one day after the 7th Precinct cited surveillance video allegedly showing three perps – two male, one female – fleeing from the house of worship as it went up in flames.

The fire is believed to have started inside the synagogue.

That said, an FDNY spokesperson was a little more cautious, noting that a cause is still under investigation.

Now that the word arson is being thrown around, it validates what many thought from the get-go. Especially considering that the 167-year-old landmark building at 60 Norfolk Street has been vacant and allegedly without utility hookup for a decade.

Meanwhile, the city’s Department of Buildings issued a full vacate order Monday. Plywood fence was erected last night, presumably in anticipation of cleanup. So far, though, there are now permits for any such job, nor demolition work. Not yet, anyway.

Recent Stories

Early ’00s LES Rock History ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’ will be Adapted into Docu-series

You may have seen this… New York’s beloved gritty indie musc scene circa 2000s is getting a second life, through a four-hour docu-series. That’s right, the resurgence is a visual retelling based on Lizzy Goodman’s 600-page oral history called Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock & Roll in NYC 2001-2011. The documentary will […]

Anti-Gun Mural Painted on Hester Street

Shots fired. Muralist Otto Schade is throwing shade at gun control with this powerful new piece on Hester Street, just east of the Bowery. It was painted last week. The liberty eagle’s wingspan runs the length of the brick wall, and is composed solely of weaponry. Machine guns and knives. And the bird is clutching […]

‘Tang’s Noodle’ Joins the Leon Hotel on Canal Street

Chinatown has another noodle shop to its name. Coming soon to the four-year-old Leon Hotel is Tang’s Noodle. If the signage is to be believed, this is the first stateside restaurant for the import. Build-out of the small ten-table establishment had been underway since summertime. And it’s not to be confused with the new hotpot […]

Construction Resumes at East Broadway Modular Development Site After Collapsed Sidewalk

The modular housing construction on East Broadway reactivated in a big way last week after its second sidelining since summertime. Pile driver and backhoe are stationed onsite. The project parcel at 201 East Broadway has been relatively silent for much of the last six months. Twice in that time, progress was stymied thanks to safety […]

City Council Passes Bill for Increased ‘Urban Renewal’ Transparency

Earlier this week, City Council unanimously voted to pass legislation that would require the City to provide public access to urban renewal plans, which have been changing the real estate landscape of New York City for decades. Intro 1533-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Margaret Chin, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to […]