At Nearly 30 Stories, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Tower Reaches the Top
The latest tower to alter the Lower East Side skyline is close to the top. Contributing to a canyon of development within Essex Crossing.
The formerly landmarked Beth Hamedrash Hagadol is now a footnote in the proverbial history books as this gargantuan two-headed structure takes its place.
Most visible is 55 Suffolk Street, the thirty-story market-rate newcomer with 378 apartments, one-quarter of which are considered “permanently affordable.” Its skin of masonry is also taking shape at the base. Meanwhile, the adjoining affordable building at 64 Norfolk Street is already topped out at sixteen stories.
Co-developed by the Chinese-American Planning Council nonprofit and the Gotham Organization, the overall project is composed of nearly 520,000 square-feet, spread across 493 apartments, various commercial retail, and community facilities. Of the residential tally, 209 apartments are earmarked as affordable housing (115 for seniors). There is also a 4,000 square-foot commercial condo unit for the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol congregation.