Activists concede defeat in UWS synagogue preservation fight

Ornstein Leyton plans to build 14-story condo building

212 West 93rd Street
212 West 93rd Street

Activists who tried to save an Upper West Side synagogue from demolition are throwing in the towel.

“All options were exhausted…it’s a done deal,”one activist told DNAinfo. The Congregation Shaare Zedek told members that it will stop holding services in the building after the High Holy Days in September.

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Last month a judge signed off on the sale of the property’s leasehold to Ornstein Leyton for $24.3 million. The firm plans to demolish the Synagogue at 212 West 93rd Street and build a 14-story, 20-unit condo building designed by ODA New York’s Eran Chen.

The synagogue’s president Michael Firestone previously said the a sale is necessary because the building’s upkeep had become too expensive. It plans to use $18.3 million of the sales proceeds to pay for the construction of a new synagogue and $8 million to pay for the upkeep of Bayside cemetery, DNAinfo reported. [DNAinfo]Konrad Putzier