On Saturday, workers placed the refurbished front door back on the former Congregation Mezritch Synagogue at 415 E. Sixth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue... the door is made of red oak and faced with copper on its outside. The New York Times noted last December that the door "is being returned to its original state, though some wooden panels are being replaced by glass."
[Photo by Michael Hirsch]
Here's a photo of the door as it looked in April 2014...
[Photo by Bobby Williams]
A worker told EVG Facebook friend Michael Hirsch that this main entrance will no longer be used... that the entrance to the building will be on the right-hand side...
...right by the newly arrived Prince tag...
The worker also claimed that the congregation will no longer have a presence in the building, which, if true, comes as a surprise.
As previously reported, the synagogue — active here since 1910 — had fallen on hard times, "with a dwindling membership and few resources to maintain the building," as the Times noted. Previous plans called for the demolition of the building. Those plans never materialized, and a new developer, East River Partners, emerged and proposed the current arrangement.
Also, for background via the Times:
As part of the current agreement, the developers are providing at least $20,000 annually to the congregation for the next 198 years, in addition to a $600,000 payment up front. East River is also giving the synagogue a $180,000 “fit-out allowance” for the synagogue to design and rebuild the sanctuary and other spaces, like offices or meeting spaces in the basement.
So, if the synagogue isn't going to have a presence here, what's the money going for... and who has it? Of course, the worker could have simply been confused (or misspoke), meaning that the whole structure will no longer house the synagogue.
The three residences (two units will have the original stained-glass windows) will range in price from $2.95 million to $4.4 million.
The building's slogan is "History reimagined … For modern living."
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
Stained-glass windows removed ahead of condo conversion at Congregation Mezritch Synagogue
Condos at former East 6th Street synagogue will start at just under $3 million
Sidewalk bridge comes down as condo conversion continues at former East 6th Street synagogue
History reimagined with $4.4 million penthouse at former 6th Street synagogue