A View of Bombed-Out SPURA in 1979 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 at 6:10 am by

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Photo: Ralph Mendez

Speaking of SPURA re-development, check out this stunning shot captured during those halcyon days of 1979 (or thereabouts) by Ralph Mendez. It’s an aerial view of Seward Park looking westward, with the intersection of Grand and Clinton Streets in the foreground. The backside of the freestanding Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk is also quite visible. Naked in its glory.

Most of the photogenic, bombed-out parcels are now fenced parking lots. That will all change starting in 2015, when construction kickstarts on the “Essex Crossing” project. The whole area will be a mess for at least a decade. For this…

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Photo: SHoP Architects

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