New York City's first new synagogue in five decades is ready to welcome its congregation in a new $50 million facility. DNAinfo reports that the Lincoln Square Synagogue has been under construction for nearly six years, and the new four-story building will finally open this weekend. Located at 180 Amsterdam Avenue, the structure saw construction halt in 2010, but an anonymous $20 million donation fixed that problem.
The new building has a 5,000-square-foot glass facade, a 450-person sanctuary, and a 5,000-square-foot ballroom that can be rented for weddings. The third floor will be leased to a community nonprofit, and there is an in-house kosher catering kitchen that will provide food for events. The synagogue's old building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue "didn't age well," and it will eventually be demolished to make way for a 50 or 60-story apartment tower. Still no word on when that's supposed to happen.
· $50 Million Synagogue Opens Its Doors in Lincoln Square [DNAinfo]
· Lincoln Square Synagogue coverage [Curbed]