Synagogues

Rescuing the Eldridge Street Synagogue

Preservationist and author Roberta Brandes Gratz moderates a roundtable discussion on the restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark Sunday, January 27 at 3 PM Preservationist and author Roberta Brandes Gratz and other architectural principals of the Eldridge Street Synagogue restoration will provide an insider’s guide to the monumental 20-year, $20 […]

CB7 Votes No to All Seven Congregation Shearith Israel Zoning Variances

From Landmark West! Life is short. Tuesday night’s Community Board 7 (CB7) full board meeting was not (we’re still recovering!). So, long story short, the full board voted to disapprove all 7 zoning variances sought by Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) to build its proposed, 9-story, 105′-tall community house stacked with luxury condos on the brownstone […]

More and More Questions Raised About Congregation Shearith Israel’s Condo Tower Plan

Congratulations, neighbors! The community made a strong showing on Tuesday, November 27, at the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), during the first of what may be several more public hearings concerning Congregation Shearith Israel’s (CSI’s) application to construct a 9-story, 105′-tall community house with 5 floors of luxury condominiums stacked on top. Don’t […]

Congregation Shearith Israel: A Victory for Community Against Tower Proposal

From Landmark West! First things first. Before you get the story on last night’s Community Board 7 (CB7) vote, you need to put down your poultry shears and open up your calendar. Mark down Tuesday, November 27, at 1:30 PM for the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) public hearing at 40 Rector Street, 9th […]

Congregation Shearith Israel is Back!

IMPORTANT REMINDER! Please don’t miss this opportunity to join your neighbors in holding the line against out-of-scale development in the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. Showing up is just as important as speaking up, so please make every effort to attend CB7’S meeting on Monday! Round 2 for Congregation Shearith Israel Tower Plan […]

Round 2 for Congregation Shearith Israel Tower Plan at Community Board 7

From Landmark West! Monday, November 19, at 7:00 PM is an important opportunity to make your voice heard before Community Board 7’s (CB 7’s) Land Use Committee as it considers Congregation Shearith Israel’s application to construct a 105′-tall building stacking 5 floors of luxury condos on top of a new community house on the brownstone-scale […]

No Action, But Many Questions at Community Meeting on Congregation Shearith Israel’s Development Plans

Community Board 7 (CB7) did not vote at last night’s “informational” meeting, a misnomer since more questions than answers emerged about Congregation Shearith Israel’s (CSI’s) plans to build a 105′-tall building, including five floors of luxury condos stacked on top of a new community house, on the low-rise, brownstone-scale midblock of West 70th Street. No […]

Congregation Shearith Israel Back at CB 7

Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) wants to erect a 105’-tall luxury condo building behind its Landmark synagogue on West 70th Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. The proposed building is more than twice the height of the brownstones that define this historic block. Such an out-of-place building requires at […]

Virtual Reconstruction of Germany’s Lost Synagogues

SYNAGOGUES IN GERMANY: A VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION During the Nazi era, over 1,400 synagogues were destroyed. Through a student initiative at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, several synagogues have been virtually recreated using computer aided design, revealing a rich and diverse architectural history. Manfred Koob and Marc Grellert (Darmstadt University of Technology) and Carol Herselle […]

Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue Development Returns

From Landmark West! (http://www.landmarkwest.org/): After more than a year of watching and waiting, Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is back with its controversial plan to develop 5 stories of luxury condos on top of a new community house at 8 West 70th Street. Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss […]

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