Demolition

This 77-year-old Essex Market Building is Now a Pile of Rubble [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Another Essex Street Market facility – first constructed in 1940 – is getting pulverized as we speak. For the last month and change, a demolition crew has been active in dismantling the half-block-long warehouse building at 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8). Staring beyond the black death shroud, it’s clear that most of the structure […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is a Nub of its Former Self [PHOTOS]

Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

After weeks of demolition activity, the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue is merely a nub of its former self. Even before the fire, the house of worship, a crowned city landmark, was long in demise. Its steward, Rabbi Greenbaum, essentially let the place gradually rot since closure of the congregation back in 2007. The flames, […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Decapitated as Demolition Continues [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

It was torture enough to watch the slow deterioration and subsequent arson-based inferno that gutted the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. But this sight is equally heartbreaking. For the last couple weeks, a wrecking crew has been dispatched to 60 Norfolk Street with the express purpose of demolishing the unstable bits. That […]

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Witnessing the Destruction of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue [PHOTOS]

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chisel and drill are fully deployed to dispense with one of the oldest synagogues in New York City. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – constructed in 1850 and hollowed out by three-alarm fire last May – is being demolished as we speak. Literally brick by brick. Each day, the landmarked 167-year-old house of worship (closed and vacant […]

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8-Story Commercial Development Planned for Chinatown ‘Diamond Center’ on the Bowery

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Chinatown diamond district is getting cut once again. It wasn’t enough that the Diamond Corner at Hester Street and the Bowery was sacked and replaced with a Bank of America branch. 76 Bowery is coming down, too. And like its neighbor one door to the north, it’ll be redeveloped into an eight-story commercial building. […]

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After 167 Years on the LES, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is Getting Demolished [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2017 at 6:06 pm

The day we all knew was coming is finally here. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – ravaged and gutted by fire seven months ago – is ready for razing. It had been sitting with exposed guts for the better part of a year. The proper permits have been filed with Department of Buildings, and a wrecking crew […]

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Rare 200-Year-Old LES Federal Houses Are Endangered in Face of LPC Decalendaring

Posted December 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Local preservationists are scrambling. Word dropped last week that the Landmarks Preservation Commission may likely decalendar a pair of rare two-hundred-year-old Federal-style row houses from its agenda by the end of the year. 206 Bowery and 22 East Broadway are back on the endangered list, despite the city’s initial position as significant structures warranting consideration. […]

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Essex Street Market Warehouse Gets Demolition Death Shroud Ahead of Phase II Development

Posted November 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

More than seventy-seven years after its construction at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, another Essex Street Market building is on death’s door. The shroud of netting and scaffolding was affixed to the facade of 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) last week. Another piece of Lower East Side history razed; yet the end is […]

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It’s Curtains for Sunshine Cinema, as City Approves Full Demolition

Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

The Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston – both the theater and its classic architecture – won’t last the winter. Plans to demolish the theater were filed with the city on Wednesday. That Davey Drill we spotted back in August was the first sign of demise… The full demolition proposed lay in stark contrast to the […]

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The Flight of the Conchords ‘Consulate’ Building on East Broadway is Demolished

Posted November 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

There is nothing left of 232 East Broadway, the 1960s-era building famously captured on the small screen as the New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords. Demolition is now in the final stage, with bulldozers and backhoes removing the dust and bones. The destruction and cleanup are together the first step in a protracted […]

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