Constructed in 1887, the majestic Eldridge Street Synagogue has been a staple institution in the Lower East Side for 128 years. At Untapped Cities, we’ve learned that any New York City landmark that has been around for over a decade is bound to be filled with plenty of secrets. For example, did you know that the cluster fixtures of the synagogue’s chandelier is actually upside down? And that no one knows what the original eastern stained glass rose window looked like? On February 23d, discover even more about this stunning structure’s architecture, embellishments and history on our after-hours tour, in partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street, where we will unveil the building’s other hidden gems.
- Learn about the role of the Synagogue in the Lower East Side and the history of its renovation
- The Museum at Eldridge Street will also present the its latest exhibition: “Jewish Ghetto in Postcards.” In captivating color and stark black and white, this exhibition of original postcards from the Blavatnik Archive recalls vanished places in the United States and Eastern Europe that are at the heart of the Jewish immigrant experience. Co-curator and archivist Nancy Johnson will also talk about the Postcard Exhibition.
Price: $30 (+ fees)
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes
What to know: The tour is two-hours long
Below are more pictures of the Eldridge St. Synagogue: