An 84-year-old Orthodox synagogue on Ocean Parkway is one of three Brooklyn sites recommended by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation for U.S. landmark status, the Associated Press reported.
The former Jewish Center of Coney Island, now known as the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach has been in continuous use since its construction in 1929, according to its application with the Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places.
The brick, concrete and terra cotta, renaissance rival structure has been renovated over the years but “in general retains its integrity to a high degree,” says the application prepared by architect Anna Broverman. She adds that the building is significant due to its “association with the Jewish Community Center movement of the late 1910s and 1920s and as an indication of the development of Brighton Beach, at the southern end of Brooklyn, as a new, middle-class residential neighborhood with a substantial Jewish population in the 1920s.”
The other sites are the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Kismet Temple in Bedford-Stuyvesant.