Bialystoker Nursing Home Designated a Landmark
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The “highly desirable development site” just lost some luster for developers. But for grassroots preservationists who led the charge, it was a huge win nearly two years in the making. The nine-story Bialystoker Home at 228 East Broadway was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Wednesday afternoon. Board vote was unanimous.
Most of the local speculation seems to agree that the Depression-era Bialystoker will probably still make a comeback as condos. Time will tell.
The Bialystoker Home was conceived and constructed by Jewish immigrants from Poland, led by their charismatic leader David Sohn. Its Art Deco structure was designed by architect Harry Hurwit, and opened as a nursing home in 1931 upon completion. Eighty years later, in November 2011, the hospice closed.