2. Angel Orensanz Center

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Angel Orensanz Center at 172 Norfolk Street, the oldest synagogue building still standing in New York state, currently serves as an arts center. It opened in 1850 as the Ansche Chesed Synagogue. At the time, it was the largest synagogue in the country, and services were conducted in German.

After multiple shifts in ownership, the space was abandoned in the 1970s. Eventually, in 1986, Angel Orensanz, a Jewish Spanish sculptor and painter, converted the building into a gallery and performance space. The local Reform Shul of New York still holds holiday services here twice a year. Plus, the place has had its fair share of celebrity visits: Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were married here, and composer Philip Glass and Florence + The Machine have hosted concerts.