Town Markets 153-Year-Old LES Synagogue


1CO3400A0730Sold for nearly $4 million late last year, 70 Hester Street on the Lower East Side is currently being marketed to retail tenants by Town. With a history stretching back to the mid-1800s, when the property served as a synagogue for the First Roumanian-American Congregation, 70 Hester Street has served a variety of purposes over the years.

As reported by The New York Times, after ceasing to be a house of worship in the late 19th century, the space housed a still during Prohibition and was later a raincoat and shower curtain factory following World War II. The building’s ground-floor space has been earmarked for a high-end café, but the 2,320-square-foot second floor is still available at a rate of $14,500 per month. Well suited to a gallery or fashion showroom, the space features a wraparound mezzanine, skylights and a stained-glass window.

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Tom Brady, broker at Town, and Amy Delson, publicist for the brokerage firm, spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about the property and some of its unique features.

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