Jody Kriss on Downtown Magazine's The Real New YorkThe task that actually put East River Partners on the map is the advancement of 3 luxury condos on top of the historic Anshei Meseritz Synagogue in the East Village of Manhattan. This couldn't have actually been done without the approval of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the board authorized the job unanimously. The synagogue wased established by Polish immigrants in 1910. Not everyone in the neighborhood was thrilled with the idea of this landmark being turned into high-end housing. But when ERP purchased the property, the synagogue was absolutely nothing more than a landmark. It was on the edge of demolition in 2012, according to The New York Daily News. It was shuttered and no longer operating.
Back when we started the construction, people would curse me out," Kriss said. But when they found out that we were preserving the synagogue, and not demolishing it, they wanted to shake my hand, instead.
East River Partners, LLC helped save this house of worship by paying $1.2 million for a 99-year lease on the area upstairs that it's utilizing for the homes, according to The Real Deal. The synagogue had the ability to begin running once again on a smaller sized scale in early 2015. A lot of houses and structures in densely-populated New York City are crushed together, and the residential or commercial property that this synagogue occupies is just 22 feet large. However a great deal of living and praying goes on in the narrow area between these walls.
"Not only is this a unique and exciting project, its particularly special to develop in a neighborhood that currently does not offer new residences with this level of detail," Jody Kriss told Resident.com. "From incorporating the original stained glass windows to installing high-end appliances, we wanted to integrate the authentic feel of the neighborhood with modern living. We feel weve merged them seamlessly. Check out more info about Jody Kriss from his profiles:[list][*]Jody Kriss (@JodyKriss) | Twitter[*]Jody Kriss | Facebook[*]Jody Kriss - Co-Founder and Principal @ East River Partners, LLC[/list]