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protection from the incursion of an inappropriate condominum tower at the Shearith Israel Synagogue site.

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Transcripts of LPC Hearings re Congregation Shearith Israel:

November 26, 2002 Written Transrcipt

February 11, 2003 Written Transcript

July 1, 2003 Written Transcript

December 9, 2004 Audio Transcript

November 15, 2005 Audio Transcript

January 17, 2006 LPC Audio Transcript

March 14, 2006, LPC Audio Transcript



The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing on November 15, 2005. Following are audio transcripts of the hearings.

Part 1 - Presentation of Congregation Shearith Israel: Shelley Friedman, Architects, etc. 47 min 2.7 MB Listen
Part 2 - Statements of the Public including supporters and opponents. 47 min 2.7 MB Listen
Part 3 -Closing statements of of Shelley Friedman, Lebow, and Marcus 25 min 3.9 MB Listen
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We apologize as to the quality - the source file was a copy of a copy. If you believe, as we do, that the LPC should post the written transcripts of major hearings on it web site, you should write to Chair Tierny and also to Mayor Bloomberg.






The major thrust of the Synagogue's position is that they listened to the comments of the Commissioner's at the December 9, 2004 hearing and went back to the drawing board and prepared a new proposal that satisfied the requests of the Commissioners. To substantite this position, the first thing that Friedman did a the hearing was to provide a written transcript of the December 9, 2004 hearing to the Commissioners tabbed to show certain comments. However, we have the audio tapes of the comments of the Commissioners - click here. Friedman apparently is hoping that no one listens to to the actual comment. Despite the myth presented, : the major support for the Synagogue's old proposal was from outgoing Commissioners - and one suspects that the Synagogue pushed to let the outgoing Commisisoners present their views at the last LPC meeting they would attend. But, there was no vote. Had a vote been held, clearly the Synagogue would have lost. But, there was no support for the Congregation coming back with a building that exceeded the height of 18 West or even at the height of 18 West: it just is not there.