Friday, February 19, 2010

Your chance to live in a historic Synagogue on Seventh Street

This lovely home went on the market on Wednesday... it's at 242 Seventh St. between Avenue C and Avenue D... In March 2008, this address, the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Anshe Ungarn, a Beaux Arts synagogue built in 1908 for a congregation of Hungarian Jews, was designated a historic landmark... There are fives residences here, and the Times featured the penthouse dwellers last April in an article titled "Once Sacred, Now Their Showcase."

In any event, let's take a look at what you get for the $1,295 million asking price for this second-floor unit...





According to the listing at Core:

This home is situated in a historic building, once a Synagogue that was restored and redeveloped into a 5 intimate residences. Located on one of the most prominent blocks in the East Village, this home offers a generous 1500 square foot loft with a vast living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a home office, and den. The upper level is comprised of the master suite overlooking the living area which boasts 16 foot ceilings in this multilevel apartment. Features of this residence include an open kitchen, washer and dryer, and plenty of storage space. This unique residence would truly make for a gracious home.


As Streeteasy noted, the home was listed by Corcoran at $996,000 in 2006. Is this address still considered sacred?

Update: Good point made in the comments... this address has been residential since the 1980s... Didn't mean to give the impression that this space was only recently converted to housing.... I did make this clear in my previous post on the building.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh. That's gross.

Goggla said...

This has always been one of my favorite blocks, not because of its 'prominence,' but quite the opposite - to me, it feels hidden and unknown. It's also home to the strangest sculpture I've seen in the city...

SG said...
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Griph said...

It might be relevant to note that the building has been a residence since it was sold by its original owners in the 1980s.

EV Grieve said...

Good point, Griph. I did make a mention of this in the previous post about this address. Will add to this post too.

SG said...

Revising my previous comment:

My great-great-grandparents, Moishe Schreter and Prive Zelinger, moved to America from Sighet, Hungary (now part of Romania) to escape oppression and make a better life for themselves. Sadly, their siblings and everyone they'd left behind were slaughtered in the Holocaust. It is through them that I am distantly related to Auschwitz-survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. They lived next door at 242 E. 7th st., and obviously must have attended this synagogue.

I'm glad to have come upon this post, because I'd never known anything about the synagogue itself beforehand. I was able to forward it to some other relatives of mine and have one more bit of information for our family history. I'm happy to live in the East Village myself, only 7 blocks away!

EV Grieve said...

Thank you for sharing, SG.

Anonymous said...

I live next door! My kitchen window looks, through the airshaft, into one of their kitchens.