Revisiting the ‘Big Burial Man’ of 139-141 Ludlow Street [PHOTOS]

Posted on: March 21st, 2013 at 11:24 am by
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Talk about a follow up to “The Big Burial Man” of 139-141 Ludlow!

This. Is. Incredible. A firsthand look at the interior of everyone’s favorite Lower East Side building!

From the funeral home to parking garage and print shop, what remains, and that it remains, is in itself breathtaking. Physical remnants of these prior occupants are all still there for the moment … until Soho House moves in.

Leather swinging doors with etched glass, an “H” and a “N” for Mr. Harry Nieberg himself (the sixth-generation funeral home proprietor), a chandelier in a restroom, the morgue, time card machines and slots, ancient oil cans, manual elevator wench, and so on.

From the mouth of Nieberg:

My family is Jewish from Romania. My grandfather married into two generations of Rosenthals who ran a funeral home on Elizabeth Street before the Civil War. It was a storefront like all other funeral homes in New York at the time.

Sometime before I was born my grandfather moved Nieberg and Sons to 141 Ludlow. We had the funeral parlor and chapel on the ground floor while the floors above were where we kept the hearses. There was and still should be the car lift. If you are facing the building, the lift was on the left and the chapel was on the right.The basement level had offices and the morgue.

As an aside, when you reach the gallery portion below, we did our best to differentiate between what was the morgue itself versus the basement offices, but it was a bit difficult seeing how Kleen-Stik used these areas for storage and as motor rooms.

Without further ado – several favorites from the inside!

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[Hearse elevator interior]

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[Front entrance]

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[Inside the morgue]Neiberg’s glass etched initials on leather swinging doors (more of these in the gallery below):

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[Chandelier in Ladies’ Room]

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[Morgue window from the outside: “The Big Burial Man”]Art deco design, brick, dirt, chipping paint! A historian’s dream!  Along with a truly creepy doll and rooms that held the ghosts of the Lower East Side’s past turned motor rooms, storage and offices.

At this point, you simply must see in excess how incredible this building is even in disrepair. Please continue to the gallery to view the rest of the interior while I go sage myself, you know, after hanging out in a morgue.

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Check out our recap for more info about the Soho House’s plans and renderings for this space.

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