Jody Kriss on Downtown Magazine's The Real New YorkThe task that truly put East River Partners on the map is the advancement of 3 luxury condominiums on top of the historical Anshei Meseritz Synagogue in the East Village of Manhattan. This could not 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 everybody in the neighborhood was thrilled with the concept of this landmark being developed into luxury real estate. But when ERP purchased the property, the synagogue was nothing more than a landmark. It was on the verge of demolition in 2012, inning accordance with The New York Daily News. It was shuttered and not operating.
Back when we started the construction, people would curse me out," Kriss stated. 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 holy place by paying $1.2 million for a 99-year lease on the area upstairs that it's using 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. Numerous homes and buildings in densely-populated New York City are squished together, and the home that this synagogue occupies is only 22 feet wide. But a lot of living and praying goes on in the narrow area in 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]