Monday, February 13, 2012

On the Bowery, a synagogue opening above 7-Eleven


Over on the Bowery, in the space above the 7-Eleven and below the 52E4 pool, "a former Deadhead couple" will open a synagogue, the Post reports today in an article titled "Hasid shul of rock."

As the paper notes, this address is near the former CBGB space.

“CBGB was the hub of punk-rock culture, driven by passion, excitement and energy — an energy that’s an expression of spiritual thirst,” said [Rabbi Dov Yonah] Korn, 33. “Two blocks north, we’re harnessing that energy in a Jewish way.”

Also!

“The Bowery used to be a place you wouldn’t walk around at night,” Sarah Korn said. “But now it’s safe, it’s hip, and it needs a shul.”

Rabbi Korn said Jewish East Villagers and NYU students alike will be welcome to their Chabad Serving NYU synagogue — who have been running this since 2002 — when the space opens later this winter.

Curbed noted this opening in January 2011:
A Rabbi and John Legend Walk Into a Bowery Condo Building...

7 comments:

Melanie said...

Hands down better than another chain store.

esquared said...

Good, this means that establishments within 500 feet of the synagogue can only apply for a beer and wine liquor license. On the downside, landlords will opt for a bank, high-end boutiques, or chain stores to be their tenants. can't.win.

Anonymous said...

Why does this story make me think we're heading ever closer to the Escape from New York environment?

Anonymous said...

Great news for the East Village and NYU community. The Rabbi is amazing individual who is sure to bring much success to the area. Good luck!

Jessie Gray said...

Manschewitz slurpees please!

Dan C said...

Great, another branch of the homophobic ultra-orthodox sect taking over like born again Christians. "But they like the Dead! They must be cool!"

AJ Wood said...

im pretty sure those frankfurters they're serving up downstairs aint kosher.