Friday, June 6, 2014

Stained-glass windows removed ahead of condo conversion at Congregation Mezritch Synagogue

There's finally activity to report at the soon-to-be-condoed Congregation Mezritch Synagogue at 415 E. Sixth St.

On Wednesday, workers removed the stained-glass windows here where Eastern European immigrants founded the synagogue in 1892, per Goggla's photo above.

Otherwise, it has been pretty quiet here.

As previously reported, the city approved the condo-conversion plans back on Dec. 27. Workers will renovate the building and add two floors.

The landmarked building was in disrepair and the congregation's population had dwindled. Synagogue leaders signed a 99-year lease with East River Partners worth some $1.2 million. The renovations include a penthouse addition and an elevator. The synagogue will reportedly retain space on the ground floor and basement for their use.

The sign out front points to a winter 2015 completion.

And if you're keeping track at home, this is just one of 26 NYC houses of worship that are being replaced by condos.

[Photo from April by Bobby Williams]

Previously on EV Grieve:
Plan to add condos to historic East Sixth Street synagogue back on

Play spot the potential penthouse atop the East Village synagogue

A final look inside the Anshei Meseritz synagogue on East Sixth Street


Walter said...

I'm not Jewish, but this is one of the landmarks I always cherished for its spirituality in an ever more commercial environment. Every time I walked by I gave quick nod of my head in recognition thereof. I feel so sorry for its members. I know this has to hurt. This is going to be a loss for the ENTIRE community. I feel very sad.

Anonymous said...

This conversion is rare today compared to the demolish and put glass and steel box in its place. I hope the additional floors at least use the same color material in keeping with the original facade.

Anonymous said...

Hot glass, where did it go?

Anonymous said...

Where did everything go? Who decided on who got what and were things sold for $$ ? If so, who got those $$ ?