The historic Bialystoker nursing home closed under a cloud in 2011. Now a move to designate its Lower East Side building as a landmark has stoked a new controversy.
Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, a historic 163-year-old synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, wanted to demolish itself. Its rabbi has had a change of heart.
Congregation Beth Hamedrash has stood like a sentry on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for 162 years. It’s a historic landmark, so why do the shul’s leaders want it torn down?