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30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site Begins Ascent

Posted September 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

The canyon of development along the backside of Essex Crossing on Broome Street is growing. Indeed, the foundation is down and ascent of a towering new building underway at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site. After months of excavation, the first elements of the superstructure are now visible above the plywood. One-story height. As previously […]

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Excavation Underway for 30-Story Tower at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Last modified April 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

On the backside of Essex Crossing, another gargantuan development is full steam ahead. Poised to cast more shadows. The excavators have been moving earth at the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site on Norfolk Street for over a month. Readying the parcel for the foundation to support a towering development (aka GoBroome) that will ascend thirty […]

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Construction Begins on 30-Story Development at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Posted January 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

To stand in the intersection of Broome and Suffolk Streets is a lesson in claustrophobia. A canyon of ten-foot plywood dwarfing those who pass. All thanks to dueling developments – ongoing Essex Crossing, plus a newcomer across the way. That’s right, the gargantuan development replacing the burned-down Beth Hamedrash Hagadol – dubbed GoBroome – is […]

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Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Development Site Gets Going with $162M Loan

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

The controversial, two-towered development slated to top the hallowed grounds of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is set to proceed, thanks to a multimillion-dollar construction loan. The Gotham Organization and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group joint venture behind the project just nabbed $162.4 million in debt from Wells Fargo and US Bank to move forward. Together with […]

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LPC Rescinds Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Landmarking, Paving Way for Towering Development

Posted July 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

On Mother’s Day in 2017, a teenaged arsonist torched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Three years later, the smoldering Norfolk Street site is no longer a city landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission last week voted to rescind the special designation that protected the synagogue for five decades. It was purportedly done so without much discussion from the […]

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LPC to Rescind Landmark Status of Demolished Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Site

Last modified June 11, 2020 at 9:43 am

Hollowed out by fire exactly three years ago, the Norfolk Street lot that hosted Beth Hamedrash Hagadol for over a century is closer to being de-landmarked. Another step toward massive re-development. The Landmarks Preservation Commission reportedly voted last month to calendar a rescission vote for 60 Norfolk Street. Meaning, tearing down the protective designation that […]

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New Renderings and Permits for 30-Story Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Tower

Posted May 14, 2020 at 5:05 am

With the gaze of New Yorkers trained toward COVID-19 and the disruption of daily life, big real estate moves on. The gargantuan two-towered development set to rise atop the ruins of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street moves one step closer to reality. Last month, Dattner Architects filed paperwork to construct the development known as […]

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City Council Approves 30-Story Tower Atop Destroyed Beth Hamedrash Hagadol

Posted March 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

City Council last week unanimously approved the rezoning of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site at Broome and Norfolk Streets, paving the way for a gargantuan new development. As previously reported, the proposed project (aka GO Broome) is a two-tower joint venture between the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization, and sits directly […]

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City Planning Commission to Vote on Controversial Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Towers this Month [Updated]

Last modified January 8, 2020 at 11:32 am

In early-December, the City Planning Commission convened a public hearing on the controversial development proposed for the fire-scorched Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site at Norfolk and Broome Streets. No vote followed. As previously reported, the project (aka GO Broome) is a two-towered joint venture between the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization. Together, the […]

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The Unholy Alliance of New York City Upzoning and how it’s Affecting the Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted December 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by nascent grassroots group, Lower East Side Against upzoning. Today City Planning Commission votes on the two-towered development atop Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. A new tact employed by large for-profit developers is to obliterate zoning rules to capture vast public resources for private gain. The strategy innovated to rewrite city zoning […]

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