A preservation coalition, the Friends of the Bialystoker Home, are sponsoring a panel discussion next month about the historical significance of the endangered building. The nursing home was shut down late last year; now the coalition is urging the Landmarks Preservation Commission to save the historic Art Deco tower. According to a news release, the panel will “offer their insights into the cultural, historical and architectural significance of the Bialystoker Home during an illustrated discussion entitled, ‘The Bialystoker Home: Past, Present, Future.'”
The panelists are Suzanne Wasserman, director, Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center; Laurie Tobias Cohen, executive director, Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy; Rebecca Kobrin, author of Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora and assistant professor, Department of History, Columbia University; Elissa Sampson, PhD candidate, Urban Geography, University of North Carolina and long-time Lower East Side resident; Linda Jones, founding member, Seward Park Preservation & History Club and member, Community Board 3; and Mitchell Grubler, vice president, Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance.
The event takes place February 5th, 1:15 p.m., in the Seward park Co-op Community Room, 264 East Broadway.