The Bialystoker Nursing Home on East Broadway closed more than five years ago, but even after the last patients were transferred to other locations, the center continued to house significant artifacts representing Jewish life on the Lower East Side dating from the 1930s. In preparation for the gut renovation of the city landmark, however, many of these items were recently removed for safe keeping.
A local preservation organization, Friends of the Lower East Side, has been working for the past few years to retrieve memorial plaques, religious books and other sacred objects before a long-anticipated condo conversion got underway. The group led a successful campaign to landmark the exterior of the Art Deco building at 228 East Broadway in 2013.
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