Sacred Sites Program

Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties

Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Jewish Center of Brighton Beach
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Flushing Quaker Meeting House
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Flushing Quaker Meeting House
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Free Magyar Reformed Church
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
The Parish of Calvary - St. George's
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
Sacred Sites Program Gives Assistance to Storm Damaged Properties
The Parish of Calvary - St. George's

Jewish Center of Brighton Beach

Conservancy staff brought Michael Devonshire of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates on an inspection of ground floor flooding and exterior wind damage at the 1928 Mediterranean Revival Jewish Center of Brighton Beach. Its location on Ocean Parkway at Neptune Avenue is in area that suffered some of the worst flooding damage in Hurricane Sandy.

Devonshire took moisture meter readings and advised the synagogue on the extent of removal of moisture- saturated interior finishes – especially helpful in the chapel, or beit midrash, where wood wainscoting masked the flood’s high water line and trapped moisture. In addition to a Conservancy grant, staff directed the synagogue to additional sources of recovery grant funding, and has provided referrals for repairs to wind-damaged protective glazing. The synagogue’s flood insurance, with a high deductible and low maximum coverage, will not begin to cover the high costs of corrosive ocean storm surge infiltration: a new boiler, new electrical service and wiring, demolition and new drywall, flooring, trim at multiple ground floor classrooms, chapel, and social hall. Flooded furniture, liturgical books, and office equipment will need to be replaced.

The Jewish Center of Brighton Beach was designed by Bloch and Hesse, the architects of New York City landmark Lundy Brothers restaurant in nearby Sheepshead Bay, as well as several notable synagogues. Of warm yellow cast stone, with a grand portico, upper floor loggia, and tile roof, the synagogue was highlighted in the Conservancy’s city-wide synagogue survey in 2007. The synagogue center houses an Orthodox congregation, as well as the headquarters for Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE), an active outreach group founded in 2006 to address the Jewish communal and educational needs of young Russian American Jews, sponsoring a full calendar of events, holiday dinners, classes, and trips, with a staff of twenty. With no heat or power, all programming – from worship to ping pong tournaments (the Dynamo Table Tennis Club is housed in an upper floor ballroom)- has been suspended or, where possible, relocated in the month since the storm, while the synagogue assesses the damage and seeks funding necessary for repairs.

Church of the Covenant

Church of the Covenant in Tudor city, built in 1871 and substantially reconstructed in Tudor Revival style in 1927, suffered substantial damage when masonry from an adjacent residential tower crashed through the church roof, smashing, flooding and damaging the sanctuary pews, flooring, and organ loft below. While insurance should cover much of the damage, Conservancy is coordinating with church leadership to provide consultant referrals and funding to guide estimates and repairs.

Flushing Quaker Meeting House

Sandy’s winds uprooted trees and sent a huge limb crashing into the newly restored porch roof and historic burial ground at National Historic Landmark Flushing Monthly Meeting, which dates to 1694 (the cedar-shingle roofed porch is an early 19th-century addition). Conservancy staff visited the site with preservation architects Jonathan Raible and Vrushti Patel, and contractor Larry Burda Jr., whose is currently completing installation of a sprinkler system at this irreplaceable wooden structure.

Free Magyar Reformed Church

Sandy sent a tree into the rear roof at the Free Magyar Reformed Church in Staten Island. The Conservancy provided referrals and is awaiting estimates.

The Parish of Calvary – St. George’s

Calvary Church, in the Gramercy Park Historic District, suffered wind damage to portions of the roof and to one of the stained glass windows. Sacred Sites is coordinating efforts for estimates.

We welcome additional inquiries.

While our phone system is still out, we can receive calls at our main number, 212-995-5260. Sacred Sites Director Ann Friedman is at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).