Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Fire

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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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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Today is the Anniversary of 2 Devastating Lower East Side Fires

Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today, May 14, is a day that lives in infamy on the Lower East Side. Two fires, separated by eight years, devastated the properties, displaced tenants, and ultimately led to new development. Hong Kong Supermarket Fire (2009) It was exactly ten years ago. May 14 was a Thursday that year. That night, with the smell […]

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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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LPC Approves Additional Demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:08 am

The Landmarks Preservations Commission yesterday approved additional demolition of the fire-scorched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue on Norfolk Street. The city agency had previously okayed the prior demolition, but the development team – which includes the Chinese-American Planning Council and Dattner Architects – returned this week claiming more portions of the surviving structure were unsafe and […]

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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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Developers of Senior Housing at Synagogue Site Admit Surprise by Mayor’s Rivington House Renege

Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:13 am

On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio shocked the community when he reneged on the year-old promise to bring affordable senior housing and health care facility to 30 Pike Street. This project on a city-owned parcel (currently for Department of Environmental Protection) was supposed to have been an olive branch after screwing the Lower East Side out of […]

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Developers Outline Plans for 2-Tower Housing at Scorched LES Synagogue Site

Posted January 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

From the fire-scorched remains of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol will rise a residential complex comprised of two towers, one of which is three times the size of the other. It’s all part of a proposal by the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) and developer Gotham Organization to impart an “intergenerational community anchored by neighborhood retail and community […]

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De Blasio Scuttles Deal for Rivington House Replacement at 30 Pike Street

Posted January 10, 2018 at 5:14 am

Talk about a bait and switch. Mayor de Blasio yesterday reneged on his year-old promise of senior affordable housing at 30 Pike Street, currently a Department of Environmental Protection facility. It had been a knee-jerk remedy in response to his atrocious handling of the Rivington House scandal. However, that plan was just scuttled in favor […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is a Nub of its Former Self [PHOTOS]

Posted January 2, 2018 at 9:49 am

After weeks of demolition activity, the 167-year-old Beth Hamedrash Hagadol synagogue is merely a nub of its former self. Even before the fire, the house of worship, a crowned city landmark, was long in demise. Its steward, Rabbi Greenbaum, essentially let the place gradually rot since closure of the congregation back in 2007. The flames, […]

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