Norfolk Street

Drilling Begins at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol for New 30-Story Development

Posted August 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

And so it begins. The full-scale redevelopment of the charred Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site on Norfolk Street. Back in June, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to demolish the surviving south tower, which city officials had hoped to incorporate into the new two-towered development in the works. City engineers subsequently surveyed the wreckage and concluded […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Celebrates 25th Season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Posted July 17, 2019 at 5:04 am

On fair Norfolk Street, where we lay our scene… Last weekend, the 25th season of the ever-so-popular “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” commenced at La Plaza @ the Clemente. This season, the bard’s tale of woe is none other than Romeo and Juliet. Director Lukas Raphael will set the play in New York in the […]

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Demolition Approved for Surviving Tower of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Deemed Unsafe

Posted June 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is nothing left to save of the burned-out Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street. The city determined this week that the remaining structure, further destabilized by sitting exposed for two years after the fire, is not fit for restoration. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to demolish the surviving south tower, which city officials […]

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102 Norfolk Street Hits the Market for $16.25M

Posted June 12, 2019 at 5:07 am

The controversial saga of 102 Norfolk Street turns a page to its next chapter. That of being for sale on the open market. (For real this time.) A Boogie reader sent along the listing, via Avison Young, which advertises the mixed-use building as a steal for $16.25 million. No doubt benefiting from the inflated values […]

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With ‘Sunita’ Squeezed out, La Contenta Looks to Expand on Norfolk Street

Posted April 2, 2019 at 5:04 am

When Sunita Bar faded from Norfolk Street a few weeks ago, word on the street was that La Contenta was to annex the commercial space. And that’s exactly what’s happening. The news is confirmed this week by a liquor license application submitted to Community Board 3 ahead of the April session. This new extension is […]

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‘Sunita Bar’ Fades from Norfolk Street After 16 Years

Posted March 12, 2019 at 5:05 am

“My story is the story of what’s happening on the Lower East Side, with all the changes, development, and greedy landlords,” small business owner Sunita Lofters quips. She is the sole proprietor of the eponymous bar at 106 Norfolk Street, which concluded business this month after sixteen years on the block. The establishment now sits […]

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This is the 30-Story Behemoth Replacing Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Last modified March 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Take a look. This is the mess of glass replacing the burned-out Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The new rendering, released by developer Gotham Organization and revealed by City Realty last week, is from the angle of Broome and Suffolk Streets. (Dattner Architects, whose fingerprints are also on Essex Crossing with The Goldin […]

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‘Tonic Tapes’ Revisits Band Demos from Music Venue

Posted January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

The once-beloved Tonic celebrates its death date this spring, marking twelve years since its demise at the hand of gentrification. Priced out, the music venue closed forever on April 13, 2007 after a performance by John Zorn. (It was Friday the 13th that year.) Being sandwiched between two luxury condo developments – Blue and the […]

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Yesterday’s Snowfall Toppled Trees Around the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:06 am

Yesterday’s late-fall snowstorm (aka “Snowvember”) had trees falling around the Lower East Side. Over on Norfolk Street, the weight of the wet snow-pack toppled several large limbs at around 5pm, smashing into parked cars and blocking southbound traffic below Stanton Street. (Video below.) Firefighters quickly responded with the chainsaws to clear the debris. One person […]

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Developers Looking to Destroy More of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted October 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

Talk about beating a dead horse. The half-demolished, destabilized structure formerly known as Beth Hamedrash Hagadol might soon lose more of its carcass. As presented to Community Board 3 in January of this year, the plan is to incorporate the charred synagogue remains into a larger, two-towered development in conjunction with developer Gotham Organization and […]

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