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Eldridge Street in Bowery, NY



Eldridge Street

The Eldridge Street in Lower Manhattan (in the Bowery area) is a historic road that has been home to many Chinese immigrants.

The Third Street, as it was originally known according before being renamed after Lt Joseph C. Eldridge's unit during the War of 1812 from where they were ambushed by Indian allies of Britain.


The synagogue at 12 Eldridge Street was an important landmark for Jews from Eastern Europe. The building's history dates back to 1887 and it is one of America’s first synagogues built by these people (Ashkenazis). Today you can go inside this historic site as well, because now it houses the Museum.


The Eldridge Street Synagogue is a historic synagogue that has been beautifully restored.

This building serves as testament to the value of preserving history when it seems all hope for preservation gone.


The Moorish Revival synagogue erected on this site reflects not only how opulent Gilded Age wealth was but also demonstrates faithfulness by keeping true both culturally through symbolic decoration while being mindful about maintaining heritage elements appropriate according with Jewish tradition.

The Lower East Side synagogue was an architectural marvel in its time, but by the 1950s most of it’s Jewish population had left for other districts. The remaining congregants sealed off their beautiful sanctuary and let it fall into ruin as they concentrated on preserving what remained from centuries before--stained glass windows that were now covered with dust or pigeons roosting up high near where choir members would sit to pray during services.


Jewish American life in the late 19th century has been preserved thanks to a handful of determined preservationists. The Museum at Eldridge Street is not only about celebrating Jewish culture, but it's also an incredible tribute for all that can be accomplished when one person steps up and does their part.




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