East River Partners Honored for Historic Restoration of East Village Synagogue/Condo

East River Partners (ERP), a New York City-based residential real estate firm known for their commitment to historic restoration and redevelopment, was honored by the Victorian Society of New York for preserving historic properties that are turned into luxury residential condominiums.

ERP founders Jody Kriss and Joseph Cohen recently received the Victorian Society’s Historic Preservation Adaptive Reuse Award at the society’s annual meeting. The award specifically recognized ERP for their preservation efforts on a 100-year-old synagogue in the East Village that the developer turned into a small boutique condominium.

“We are honored to get this award from the Victorian Society of New York,” said ERP co-principal Joseph Cohen. “It’s wonderful to have recognition for this special gem of a building that was saved from the wrecking ball and will remain a long-term contribution to NYC history.”

The boutique condominium conversion project, designed by Kushner Studios, refashioned the historic Adas Yisroel Anshe Mezritch Synagogue at 415 East Sixth Street, in the heart of The East Village’s historic district. ERP preserved the synagogue on the ground floor and built two unique approximately 1,900-square-foot floor-through residences and a 2,500-square-foot duplex penthouse inside. The building’s original 1910 neoclassical limestone façade features ornate architectural details and the synagogue’s original stained-glass windows.

Commenting on the award, ERP’s Founding Co-Principal Jody Kriss added, “Communities put their faith in us to do what’s right for our shared built environment.”

In addition to the synagogue, ERP has also demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation at 272 West 86th Street, where the firm preserved the original façade on three historic 1895 brick-and-limestone C.P.H. Gilbert mansions, which they turned into modern loft-style luxury condominiums. ERP also kept the historic context of two buildings in Brooklyn: at 164 South Oxford Street and 171 South Portland Avenue, transforming the four-story buildings into boutique condominiums on adjacent properties in the Fort Green historical district.

Founded in New York City in 1966, the Victorian Society in America is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and preservation of nineteenth-century heritage as well as that of the early twentieth century (1837-1917).

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