Chinese-American Planning Council

DCP to Hear Zoning Variance Proposal for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Towers

Posted December 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

The proposed two-towered development atop the fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site is the subject of a public hearing before the Department of City Planning this week. The size and heft of the block-long beast – co-developed by Gotham Organization and the Chinese-American Planning Council – is apparently not permissible under the current zoning designation (R-8). […]

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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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Already with NYPL, Seward Park Gains a ‘Little Free Library’

Posted June 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seward Park just gained a new library … in the shadow of another. And one that won’t nab you for late fees. Over the weekend, the Seward Park Conservancy unveiled the Seward Park Little Free Library. It’s a wee weatherproof cubby next to the small children’s playground inside the park, and operates on the standard […]

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Art

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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Here’s Where the $1.25M Rivington House Settlement Money is Going

Posted February 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

In the wake of the Rivington House scandal, the Attorney General last year settled with the Allure Group for its nefarious conduct in shutting down and canceling the deed restriction that led to the $116 million sale of the former nursing home. Under the terms of the settlement, Allure is on the hook for $750,000 […]

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Streets

Lower East Side Partnership Takes Space at Essex Crossing

Posted December 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

The Lower East Side Partnership, the area’s business improvement district, just joined the ranks of Essex Crossing tenants. The local organization recently signed a ten-year lease for 3,400 square-feet of space on the fourth floor of 175 Delancey Street (aka Site 6). Doing so is likely a play to extend the reach and boundaries 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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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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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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