Support the Landmarking of the Bialystoker Building on East Broadway!

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

The worst-case scenario is gradually unfolding before the eyes of the Lower East Side. Despite plenty of community outcry and recent rallying efforts, Bialystoker Nursing Home at 228 East Broadway is a step closer to the inevitable. Indeed, we understand that elderly residents have already been relocated.  End of this month is judgement day.

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Having no success in saving the facility, activists are strengthening efforts to secure landmark status for the Depression-era building. Such designation would at least afford protection from certain demolition. Friends of the Bialystoker Home, a nascent grassroots organization, is behind the push and urges residents to write letters.

From the inbox:

Friends of the Bialystoker Home is a new group organizing a campaign for landmark designation of this important building constructed between 1929-31 to house the largest and most prominent of all the “landsmanschaftn” (mutual aid societies) on the Lower East Side. The building survives as a major visual element on East Broadway symbolizing and recalling the Jewish history of the Lower East Side. Designed in the Art Deco style with a golden brick façade, the ten-story structure features a unique arched entrance framed by twelve medallions representing the twelve tribes of Israel. [The Bialystoker Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing (formerly the Bialystoker Home for the Aged) is located at 228 East Broadway at Clinton Street.]

We need your support in our drive for landmark designation of this irreplaceable structure. Please contact the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to urge them to calendar the Bialystoker Center as a first step in the process of landmark designation. Time is of the essence, since it has been reported that the building is currently up for sale and the Bialystoker Board intends to vacate the Center by the end of October.

Send your letter to:

Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
One Centre Street, 9th floor north
New York, N.Y. 10007
OR e-mail: rtierney@lpc.nyc.gov

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