East River Partners Co-Founder Jody Kriss discusses the renovations of a historic East Village synagogue in an on-site interview with REW TV’s Dan Orlando.
March 17, 2016 NEW YORK CITY—Jody Kriss, Co-Founder of East River Partners, has been working tirelessly to restore one of NYC’s timeless treasures. Dan Orlando of Real Estate Weekly met with the project developer Jody Kriss, at the historic Synagogue site, and revealed some key features of the project, as well as when its expected completion date is. The interview is available to watch on Real Estate Weekly’s website.
The Adas Yisroel Anshe Mezritch Synagogue, originally built in 1910 by Polish settlers, was only one of hundreds that served the area in its heyday. By the time it was discovered by East River Partners, the synagogue was the last of its kind. The congregation had dwindled and the building was so dilapidated that it narrowly escaped demolition. As East River Partners began the process of acquiring it, the entire neighborhood became landmarked. They took great care to preserve its historical integrity, and their efforts are clear throughout the building.
“We painstakingly and meticulously restored all of the original stained glass,” Mr. Kriss explained in the interview. The exterior façade, as well as the copper doors which adorn the synagogue’s main entry, have also received extensive TLC, allowing the building to return to its initial state of grandeur.
The lower floor will remain a fully-functional community synagogue, while the upper floors have been renovated into exquisite condos.
415 East 6th Street is expected to be completed in just six weeks, according to Jody Kriss, and it’s already creating quite a stir. Mr. Kriss previously spoke with Jacquie Hart of Downtown Magazine, and the condos have been discussed on major sites like Street Easy and the New York Times. While the public was once concerned about what would come of the beloved synagogue, with its livelihood no longer in question, attention has turned to what treasures the interior may hold for homebuyers. Condo owners will be treated to a perfect pairing of modern conveniences and sophistication with old-world charm. The expansive spaces have oak flooring, as well as well-appointed bathrooms and kitchens designed for an avid chef. Lucky homeowners will also have a wide variety of shops and entertainment opportunities within walking distance.
About Jody Kriss and East River Partners
Jody Kriss is a developer in NYC who specializes in renovating some of the city’s oldest buildings and restoring them to their original charm. His projects are varied, though he, along with East River Partners, tend to focus their efforts on creating luxurious living spaces designed for the needs of today’s modern New Yorker, while preserving the historical integrity of each building. 415 East 6th Street is one of the group’s many successful projects, with more in the works. For more information on the condo conversions, visit the 415 East 6th Street website, or check out the East River Partners website for details on the company and its other projects.