Fort Tryon Jewish Center

Rear of Fort Tryon Jewish Center where development was planned

Fort Tryon Jewish Center is an historic synagogue located in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.[1]

The congregation was founded in 1938 by long-time residents of the city and refugees from Nazi Germany. It first occupied leased space, building a modest facility in 1950, and then a spacious sanctuary that opened in 1960.[2] The Torah Ark in the mid-century modernist building has been described as "a gem of midcentury design."[3]

In the first decade of the 21st century, the congregation grew as young families moved into the neighborhood.[4]

Real estate deal

In an April 2014 article, the New York Times described a failed real estate transaction involving the Fort Tryon Jewish Center.[3] The congregation signed an agreement with Rutherford Thompson of Thompson Development, a real estate development firm that planned to build a 23-story condominium.[3] Under the agreement, the developer would pay to completely renovate the synagogue in exchange for air rights and the right to situate a Fort Washington Avenue entrance to the residential tower on the congregation's property.[3] According to The Real Deal magazine, a lawsuit filed in 2010 alleged that Thompson defaulted on the loan in February, 2008.[5] The synagogue was left in an unusable state, resulting in ongoing litigation, during which time the congregation has been meeting at Mother Cabrini High School.[3]

External links

  • Fort Tryon Jewish Center (official website)


  1. ^ Dreyfus, Hannah (April 29, 2014). "Historic NYC Synagogue Fights Foreclosure". Archived from the original on 2014-05-30. 
  2. ^ "History of the Shul". Fort Tryon Jewish Center (official website). Archived from the original on 2014-06-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Chaban, Matt A.V. (April 29, 2014). "A Deal That Collapsed Leaves a Manhattan Synagogue in Shambles". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2014-04-30. 
  4. ^ Oppenheim, Rivka (August 11, 2010). "Washington Heights Jews Caught In A Growth Bind". The Jewish Week. Archived from the original on 2014-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Amalgamated sued by fellow lender for $32M at Hudson Heights condo". The Real Deal (New York, NY). November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-04-30. 
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