Landmarks Conservancy

As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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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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Stanton Street Synagogue & 6th Street Community Synagogue Deemed “Sacred Sites”

Posted August 16, 2012 at 6:18 am

Of the recent class of 23 “Sacred Sites” in New York State, two are Manhattan synagogues based on the Lower East Side.

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