Our family visited this stunningly beautiful place during a self-planned walking tour of "off the beaten path" places in the New York City environs. The tour guide we were fortunate enough to have - Leah - was knowledgeable, informed and clearly loved the building and its stories. Located in an immigrant neighborhood on the lower East Side, it sits as something of a nondescript, somewhat regal anachronism amidst the bustling Asian storefronts. Ahhh - but when you walk down the stairs and enter the building, you step back in time! The ground level areas are interesting,especially with the many displayed artifacts and photos. It is the restored sanctuary upstairs that will humble and amaze you, regardless of your religious heritage. The restoration work, which took 20-some-odd years, is impeccable, and the tour guides bring the Eastern European immigrant congregation and times to life. In several places, the restorers left small examples of the sorry state the building was in before work began. One of the very best, and quintessentially NYC, sights. Not to be missed!
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