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LPC designates Queens synagogue as landmark

February 12, 2008 03:59PM

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted to designate Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona, Queens, as a landmark. The century-old wooden structure is thought to be the oldest active synagogue in Queens. The congregation plans to restore the building, known for its Moorish, Gothic and Judaic design elements that strike a resemblance to the historic synagogues of the Lower East Side. Original members included the founder of the Estee Lauder cosmetics empire. The LPC also designated the four-story, limestone-fronted Jamaica Savings Bank building, built in 1898. The building at 161-02 Jamaica Avenue had already been designated twice before, but the LPC’s designations were rescinded by the Board of Estimate in 1974 and then by the City Council in 1992. POKO Partners and the Conway department store chain are redeveloping the building. TRD

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