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Con Edison Roped off this Lower East Side Block for Stray Voltage

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:18 am

Nearly the entire block of Suffolk Street, between Broome and Grand, is currently roped off due to potential stray voltage. Con Edison placed neon cones, and unspooled yards of caution tape beside the perimeter fence of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Apparently, there is a huge concern of shock in the wake of this week’s over-hyped snowstorm. The […]

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Email Reveals Probable Expansion of Essex Crossing to Include Eastern Dispensary Building at 75 Essex [EXCLUSIVE]

Posted March 20, 2014 at 5:55 am

Despite recent news to the contrary, Taconic Partners (or, more likely, one of its subsidiaries) is very much still interested in purchasing the Eastern Dispensary building at 75 Essex Street, as we first reported. We now have what appears to be smoking gun evidence that an expansion of Essex Crossing is on the table, but […]

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Sanctuary of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in ruins, Photo: Landmarks Conservancy

Inside the Decaying Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted February 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

“SAVE the FIRST Eastern European [Russian] Synagogue in the Americas,” reads the inactive Facebook page dedicated to Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The historic Gothic Revival synagogue was built in 1850 as a Baptist church and purchased by the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol congregation in 1885 for $45,000 (about $1.2 million today). The New York City Landmarks Commission found […]

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Sell or Save: Dual Fates of 75 Essex and Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Overshadowed by SPURA Development

Posted February 14, 2014 at 6:01 am

Get on that steed and warn the locals; the carpetbaggers are coming. With the Essex Crossing SPURA project looming in the distance, speculation abounds. How much will Lower East Side property values increase? Will longtime residents be priced out? Who will benefit most? Will the neighborhood character disappear? These are but a taste of questions […]

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A View of Bombed-Out SPURA in 1979 [PHOTOS]

Posted September 24, 2013 at 6:10 am

Speaking of SPURA re-development, check out this stunning shot captured during those halcyon days of 1979 (or thereabouts) by Ralph Mendez. It’s an aerial view of Seward Park looking westward, with the intersection of Grand and Clinton Streets in the foreground. The backside of the freestanding Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk is also quite visible. […]

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The Petition to Save Beth Hamedrash Hagodol on Norfolk Street

Posted March 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

Neighborhood activists Friends of the Lower East Side just started an online petition to help save this remarkable 163-year-old building.

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Next Steps for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk

Last modified January 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

You’ve walked by it; you’ve stopped and marveled at its architecture and been dismayed at its disrepair. Or maybe you scooted past without even noticing Beth Hamedrash Hagadol.

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Trio of Thieves Busted Inside Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk

Last modified March 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm

On Sunday, one day after Yom Kippur, three vandals broke into the long-dormant Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street.

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Weekend Edition: December 11

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

[Photo Credit: l.e.s.ter]

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