(Photos) Demolition at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol


As we first reported on Tuesday, crews have begun a partial demolition of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, the historic Lower East Synagogue destroyed by fire earlier this year. Here are the photos from the scene today.

The work right now is concentrated on the north side of the building at 60 Norfolk St., where pieces of brick are being removed. Engineers have said that two towers in front of the building are extremely unstable, and that parts of the north and south walls are also at risk of collapsing. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has instructed the building owners to save as much of the facade as possible, and to remove significant artifacts for possible later use.