Forum on Bialystoker Nursing Home Next Week

Posted on: January 27th, 2012 at 11:29 am by

Now the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors is jumping in the proverbial ring to help spread awareness and support. The grassroots organization sends along word about a panel discussion regarding the historic Bialystoker Nursing Home in an effort to bolster support for landmark status. It’s called “The Bialystoker Home: Past, Present, Future” and will transpire Sunday, February 5.

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Details below:

Sunday, February 5, 2012
1:15 – 3:30 pm
Seward Park Cooperative Community Room
264 East Broadway (at Montgomery Street)
Free and Open to the Public

Distinguished panelists will discuss:

  • The origins of the Bialystoker Home for the Aged, 228 East Broadway
  • Its vital role in caring for the elderly and infirm of the community for 80 years
  • The neighborhood, NYC and the nation during the Great Depression
  • Its unique architectural character reflecting the Jewish heritage of the Lower East Side
  • The recent vacating of its residents and proposed sale, ongoing efforts to preserve the building through landmark designation, and possible scenarios for its redevelopment

Welcome: Linda Jones, founding member, Seward Park Preservation & History Club and Friends of the Bialystoker Home; member, Community Board 3

Introduction: Laurie Tobias Cohen, Executive Director, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

Moderator: Joyce Mendelsohn, author of “The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited”; founding member, Friends of the Bialystoker Home.

Panelists (in formation):

Rebecca Kobrin, author of “Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora”; Assistant Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University

Suzanne Wasserman, filmmaker; Director, Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center

Elissa Sampson, Ph.D candidate in Urban Geography, UNC; long‑time resident of the Lower East Side

Mitchell Grubler, founding member, Friends of the Bialystoker Home, VP Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance

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