City Approves Demolition of 180-Year-Old United Hebrew Community Buildings at 201-203 East Broadway

Posted on: February 24th, 2016 at 9:28 am by

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201-203 East Broadway

A pair of pre-law tenements on East Broadway that date back to 1837 are set to kiss the wrecking ball. Indeed, the city issued partial demolition permits this week to raze 201-203 East Broadway, formerly the longtime headquarters of the United Hebrew Community. (Both will be taken down simultaneously “to maintain stability.”) Owner-developer Daniel Wise (aka 201 EB Development III, LLC) had first submitted plans to the Department of Buildings back in September, shortly after purchasing the properties for $8.5 million.

Once this history is gone, modular housing will unfold. By combining these two adjacent tax lots, the new development at 201 East Broadway will rise seven stories, stacked with ten modular apartments. Each pre-fab condo unit will carry approximately 1,487 square-feet, some with private terraces. The ground floor and basement spaces will offer 3,617 square-feet of commercial and 1,968 square-feet of medical office space respectively.

DOB still lists the project as “disapproved,” though, as of December.

Think Architecture and Design is the architect of record on this project.

The United Hebrew Community is a nonprofit Jewish organization founded in 1901, which originally purchased the side-by-side buildings upon its founding in the early 1900s. They had occupied 15,000 square-feet of space. The twin tenements were constructed in 1837 and subsequently modifed in 1900.

The organization remains “the leading Jewish burial society in New York.” Upon its inception, it differed from other “landsmenshaften” burial societies, which typically served immigrants from a couple of European towns; they provided services to a cross-section of the Jewish community, such as a free synagogue and proper burial for many Jews who were refused membership to other such organizations. The business is now located in Woodmere on Long Island (1023 Broadway).

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