Friday, June 24, 2011

Corona synagogue ready for its rehab

From Crains:

Queens' oldest synagogue is about to get a $1.6 million facelift.

Work is scheduled to commence Wednesday at the landmarked, century-old building where Estee Lauder and her parents once worshipped. The wooden building is at 109-18 54th Ave. in Corona, Queens.

Congregation Tifereth Israel is a rare survivor of the earliest vernacular synagogues in the borough and has been revitalized in recent years by Bukharan Jewish immigrants from central Asia. The project will first strip away the building's stucco coating and then restore the original clapboard, as well as its wooden windows and doors. Also to be restored will be the building's Moorish-style metal domes and finials, as well as its paint colors.

The money for the project came from a variety of sources, starting with $1.1 million in New York City capital funding allocated by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. In addition, the project received a $200,000 restoration grant from the New York state Environmental Protection Fund.


Anonymous said...

It appears Madonna also lived here from 1979-1980.

Anonymous said...

do other religious groups receive taxpayer money to remodel their place of worship ?

Queens Crapper said...

If their house of worship is on the national register, they may apply for grants to do so.

Rego-Forester said...

Rego-Forest Preservation Council applauds the commitment of the congregants, elected officials, philanthropists, preservation non-profits, and city and state agencies towards landmarking, funding, and restoring Congregation Tifereth Israel. More projects need to be conducted for preserving significant religious sites and other types of significant properties and districts in Queens. A thank you to all involved!