Landmark Preservation Commission

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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Rare 200-Year-Old LES Federal Houses Are Endangered in Face of LPC Decalendaring

Posted December 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

Local preservationists are scrambling. Word dropped last week that the Landmarks Preservation Commission may likely decalendar a pair of rare two-hundred-year-old Federal-style row houses from its agenda by the end of the year. 206 Bowery and 22 East Broadway are back on the endangered list, despite the city’s initial position as significant structures warranting consideration. […]

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LPC to Hear Anthology Film Archives’ Completion Project and Rooftop Addition

Posted August 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

The Anthology Film Archives is making moves to finally “complete” the restoration and renovation endeavor on which it embarked decades ago. The so-called “Completion Project” is moving its way through the city bureaucracy. (There had been rumors of a five-story addition that never materialized.) Back in January, the Anthology, which owns the landmarked building at […]

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Restoration of Landmark Ridley’s Building on Grand Street is Underway, Penthouse Addition Coming Soon

Posted August 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

It’s been nearly two years since the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the restoration and penthouse addition for the former Ridley & Sons department store on Grand Street. Now, work has finally commenced on the makeover of this Lower East Side landmark. Out came the scaffold piping and netting this week, kicking off the first step […]

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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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Elizabeth Street Tenement Denied Landmark Status, Despite Endorsement of Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

The drive to landmark one Little Italy tenement came to a screeching halt a few weeks ago, despite some high-profile endorsements including Martin Scorsese and Debbie Harry. For the last two years, tenant Beth Joy Knutsen-Papaleo has worked toward a goal of preserving not just 239 Elizabeth Street, but the block between Prince and East […]

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Here’s a Fresh Look at the 12-story Tumor to Sprout from the Provident Loan Society Building [PHOTOS]

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hopes for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston further faded yesterday with the release of new renderings for the proposed residential tumor. It was about a year ago when Community Board 3 backed the grassroots bid to landmark 225 East Houston Street, at Essex. A so-called “cowboy preservationist” named Christian Emanuel rallied locals to […]

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Ten Years on, this Lafayette Street Advertecture is Dismantled for New 10-Story Commercial Building

Posted September 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

The decade-old advertecture on the site of the former Jones Diner, 363 Lafayette Street, is coming down. Workers were spotted yesterday dismantling the skeleton framework, first erected in early 2007 to pimp the iPod. With good reason. The irregularly shaped sliver of land is to sprout a luxury office building. Olmstead Properties, which has owned […]

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