Roumanian-American Congregation Synagogue

This Street Artist Creates Life Size ‘Steel Animals’

Posted May 2, 2017 at 5:11 am

Two months ago, on the eleventh anniversary of the collapse of the Roumanian-American Synagogue, an open-mouthed seagull sculpture was affixed to the Rivington Street fence. It survived the winter and still hangs from chain-link. The art piece, composed of painted chicken wire, is the work of Brooklyn-based steel sculptor Strayones. The street artist creates life […]

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Original Home of Roumanian-American Synagogue on Hester Street Sells to Brazilian Developer for $5.9M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

The original home of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue at 70 Hester Street (designed by Frederick Jenth in 1881) finally sold this month after an extended period on the open market. A few years after the first listings first surfaced, Brazil-based real estate developer Eduardo de Souza Ramos of Cerfco Participações acquired the three-story building for $5.9 million. […]

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Chelsea’s Danziger Gallery Relocates to LES, Takes Over from Christian Berst on Rivington Street

Posted February 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

Barely a year after its October 2014 debut, the Christian Berst Art Brut gallery on Rivington Street is gone. It threw in the proverbial towel just before the new year. The Compass brokerage banner briefly sat in the window as tombstone. The commercial unit – 2,200 square-feet across five rooms – was officially listed at […]

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The Roumanian-American Synagogue on Rivington Collapsed 10 Years Ago; Vacant Lot Still Seeking $20M

Posted January 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

It’s easily one of the largest, most photogenic vacant lots on the Lower East Side, forged after the disastrous structural collapse of the Roumanian-American Congregation Synagogue in 2006.

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DEAR:Rivington Vintage Boutique Departs LES for Great Jones Street

Last modified June 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

The 1840-vintage townhouse at 95 Rivington is one of the last remnants of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue which collapsed in 2006. For the last five years, a vintage boutique called DEAR:Rivington operated out of the ground level. Not anymore. It’s moving on up … to Great Jones Street. Apparently the store is expanding into a […]

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Remodeled 70 Hester Street Will Include ‘Nibbles Cafe,’ Retailer, and Gallery

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

No more B.B. Muhlfelder. No more silhouettes in the dark. No more shingled canopy. Renovations at 70 Hester Street – site of the OG First Roumanian-American Congregation – killed all that. Instead, we have a retail facade of floor-to-ceiling glass in anticipation of new cafe and gallery tenants. Former owner Pearl Fiefer Goldman sold the […]

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Former Roumanian Synagogue Building at 70 Hester Street Sold

Last modified December 31, 2012 at 6:28 am

Is it just us or is Lower East Side change occurring at a most freakish pace these days? The old is being razed while the new raises property values and costs of living.

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Casting Shadows at B.B. Muhlfelder on Hester

Posted November 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

It’s 10:30 pm on recent a Monday night, and Hester Street is a brisk ghost town. A few can collectors tear open trash bags at curbside, scrounging for a day’s pay; another dude is poking through the contents of his trunk.

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“Trashy Retweets” on Rivington Trashes Max George Twitter Feud

Posted November 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

You’ve no doubt seen it already – the cryptic message on the fence of 89-93 Rivington using various elements of discarded food packaging.

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Street Price of Human Soul on Rivington

Last modified April 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

Artist Gordon Holden maintains that the true price of the human soul is one paltry dollar.

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