Checking in on the Angel Orensanz Center

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Yenta Laureate sent along some recent photos from the Angel Orsensanz Center at 172 Norfolk St. The former Anshe Chesed Synagogue, dating to 1850, has a new companion. Notice the Lenin statue, that longtime fixture of the Lower East Side, which recently found a new home atop 178 Norfolk St.?

It was last summer that Al Orensanz, the beloved director of the arts organization and gathering space, passed away at the age of 74. His brother, Spanish artist Angel Orensanz, has now taken on a larger role in overseeing the building. Meanwhile, Paul Bartlett has been coordinating a campaign to co-name a section of Norfolk Street for Al Orensanz. Here’s the online petition.

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Angel Orensanz Center Expected To Be Closed At Least Four Months For Repairs

Monday Afternoon Update: Angel Orensanz Center Repairs

Wednesday Midday Update: Cracked Columns at the Angel Orensanz Center

Followup: Cracked Columns at the Angel Orensanz Center

Breaking: Angel Orensanz Center Evacuated During Star-Studded Benefit (Updated Tuesday Morning)

Angel Orensanz, 172 Norfolk St.

Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St.

We are on the scene at the Angel Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St., which was evacuated earlier this evening during a star-studded benefit for the venerable Soho Rep theater company. 

Fall Colors at the Angel Orensanz Center

Outside the Angel Orensanz Center.  Photo by Yenta Laureate.

Outside the Angel Orensanz Center. Photo by Yenta Laureate.

Some new color outside the Angel Orensanz Center on Norfolk Street, with Lenin barely visible atop “Red Square.”