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Followup: Saving Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the Endangered Norfolk Street Synagogue | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, 60 Norfolk St. During the last couple of years, we've been keeping track of efforts to save Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the 163-year old synagogue building at 60 Norfolk St. At the end of 2012, the synagogue filed a hardship application with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, seeking permission to demolish its historic home. The building has been a city landmark since 1967, but it was shuttered six years ago due to safety concerns, after years of neglect. Last March, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol's rabbi, Mandl Greenbaum, agreed to withdraw the application and to work with local preservationists to come up with alternatives to demolition. In the past week, we've spoken with various people involved in the project. Here's an update. Last spring, the New York Landmarks Conservancy conducted an engineering study to assess the building's condition. A draft report was completed during the summer, according to Ann Friedman, director of the conservancy's Sacred Sites