Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Decapitated as Demolition Continues [PHOTOS]

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 at 9:40 am by

It was torture enough to watch the slow deterioration and subsequent arson-based inferno that gutted the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. But this sight is equally heartbreaking.

For the last couple weeks, a wrecking crew has been dispatched to 60 Norfolk Street with the express purpose of demolishing the unstable bits. That means most of the structure; and progress is swift.

As we speak, both iconic towers are being chiseled into dust. Decapitated. (We’re told they’ll be reduced to roughly twenty feet in height.)

The demolition work is reportedly under the careful watch of an engineer hired by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and includes removal of the unstable building components. However, marching orders are to save as much of the historic site as possible before incorporating the remainder into the proposed senior housing extension of Hong Ning next door.

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