LPC Calendars Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue on 14th Street (Again)

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 at 6:09 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Manhattan Sideways

The Tifereth Israel Town and Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street has been in “landmark limbo” for almost five decades. Apparently the 150-year-old house of worship was calendared and considered for protection back in 1966, but for reasons unknown, the then fledgeling Landmarks Preservation Commission never voted. Only recently has the matter resurfaced, as the congregation suddenly decided to place itself on the open market for nearly $14 million (apparently they outgrew the space). As a result, the German Romanesque-style structure is in certain danger of death and dismemberment.

Local advocates and preservationists were spurred into action to ask the Commission to finally weigh in on the matter after all these years. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is spearheading the effort, and just announced that the LPC is finally ready to hear the case (it was postponed from October). A hearing was scheduled for March 25 at 9:30 am. A vote will presumably follow in its wake. 

The building itself is well past its centennial at this point, and was initially conceived as a German Baptist Church in 1866. It would undergo two more tenant changes during the intervening years – first a rechristening to the Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in 1926, and then a complete conversion to the Conservative synagogue in 1962.

Meanwhile, the synagogue remains on the chopping block, via Massey Knakal, for nearly $14 million.

Recent Stories

Claw Money Closes Delancey Street Boutique

Street artist Claw Money recently closed down her Delancey Street store. Now encased in plywood shed, the space is undergoing renovation. And joins the litter of other commercial vacancies at 101 Delancey. Indeed, the handful of divided storefronts comprising 101 Delancey went under the knife nearly a decade ago, and largely remained dormant. Except for […]

Happy Ending for the Good Luck Spa as it Reopens on Orchard Street

The good luck is back, as the Chinatown spa of same just reopened. You’ll recall that the Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street fell victim to a police sting last month, and was busted for prostitution. The proverbial happy ending treatment for customers. The business only remained closed for a minute, and was back at […]

Carbon Monoxide Leak at Broome Street Bodega Sickens 5 People

Carbon monoxide levels spiked at a Broome Street bodega early yesterday morning, sickening five people. The purported gas leak happened at the Optimum Gourmet Deli on the ground floor of 243 Broome. Firefighters rushed to the store at 7:40am. Five were sickened by the elevated gas in the air, including one who was seriously hurt. […]

Discover Opportunity with Manhattan Charter Schools [Sponsor]

We, the Manhattan Charter School for Curious Minds, are two small public elementary schools educating children in grades Kindergarten through 5th. We believe in the importance of an intimate learning environment and are committed to offering a well-rounded education designed to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. There are never more than 25 […]

Art Basel Banana Surfaces on Essex Street

Not since Velvet Underground has a banana polarized so. You may have seen the viral story about the banana fastened to a wall at Art Basel fetching $120,000 in the name of “art.” Back home on the Lower East Side, the locals have added their two cents about Maurizio Cattelan’s work (known for the golden […]