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Witnessing the Destruction of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue [PHOTOS]

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chisel and drill are fully deployed to dispense with one of the oldest synagogues in New York City. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – constructed in 1850 and hollowed out by three-alarm fire last May – is being demolished as we speak. Literally brick by brick. Each day, the landmarked 167-year-old house of worship (closed and vacant […]

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After 167 Years on the LES, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is Getting Demolished [PHOTOS]

Last modified December 10, 2017 at 6:06 pm

The day we all knew was coming is finally here. Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – ravaged and gutted by fire seven months ago – is ready for razing. It had been sitting with exposed guts for the better part of a year. The proper permits have been filed with Department of Buildings, and a wrecking crew […]

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Fire-Ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol will be Redeveloped into Senior Housing

Posted September 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

Cherish the old photos. The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol as it once was is finished. Demolition is on the precipice – the job was approved by the city and Landmarks Preservation Commission. Thereafter, plans are afoot for redevelopment of the property into an extension of the senior housing next door. Not completely a surprise. Rabbi […]

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As the LPC Approves Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, We Should Get Creative with Preservation [OP-ED]

Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

Since its tragic fire, the future of the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue has been a topic of much debate. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum’s push for demolition of heavily damaged portions of the 167-year-old structure. There had been preliminary plans with the Chinese-American Planning Council to erect a new development pre-fire. Prior to yesterday’s […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Won’t Survive, Here’s Why

Last modified June 21, 2017 at 7:58 am

The fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, on the Lower East Side for 167 years, is coming down. And there isn’t much that can be salvaged. That was the determination presented to the Landmarks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last night, alongside news that the Department of Buildings already approves full demolition of the city-designated landmark. Structural […]

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Rabbi Proposes Demolition of Torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Synagogue on Norfolk Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s not looking good for the once illustrious Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Mendel Greenbaum, rabbi of the fire-ravaged house of worship, filed an application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to demolish the centuries-old structure. There had been plans in the immediate aftermath of the three-alarm blaze, intentionally set by a 14-year-old boy, to potentially rehabilitate the synagogue. […]

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Report: LES Synagogue Arsonist Identified, Released Without Charges

Posted June 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

David Diaz is reportedly the Lower East Side teenager accused of torching the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The New York Post identified the accused, while reporting yesterday that the boy appeared in Manhattan Family Court for what was supposed to be his arraignment for the May 14 fire. However, Diaz left the facility after a brief meeting […]

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Rabbi Appeals to Area Jews to Keep Spotlight on Destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted May 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

The site of the ruined Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue – felled by fire two weeks ago, has been eerily silent of late. Its hollowed-out sanctuary, for the time being, remains jailed behind a perimeter fence, attracting the gaze of camera-wielding locals. The 14-year-old who allegedly started the fire – a Lower East Sider – was arrested […]

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Can Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Bounce Back from this Arsonist Inferno?

Last modified May 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

It’s become international news – the three-alarm fire that engulfed the inner sanctuary of the 167-year-old 60 Norfolk Street, formerly home to Beth Hamedrash Hagadol (“BHH”). The investigation is still ongoing, but here are some updates. First, at the top of our list: Was it arson? Yes. The 14-year-old kid who allegedly started the fire – […]

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14-Year-Old Arrested in Connection to LES Synagogue Fire

Last modified May 17, 2017 at 9:51 am

In a quick turn of events, one of three teenagers was arrested yesterday in connection to the tragic fire that hollowed out the historic Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The 14-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was apparently arrested and taken into custody last night during the monthly 7th Precinct community council. […]

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