Exterior Work on Moise Safra Cultural Center Wrapping Up at 130 East 82nd Street on the Upper East Side

Rendering of Moise Safra Community Center, 130 East 82nd Street. Via PBDW Architects

Exterior work is wrapping up on the Moise Safra Cultural Center, a 14-story mixed-use structure at 130 East 82nd Street on the Upper East Side. Designed by PBDW Architects, the building is named after the late Jewish philanthropist Moise Safra and will largely cater to Orthodox Jews of Syrian ancestry.

Photos show the exterior nearly finished with only a few small sections awaiting completion, mostly around the ground floor. The main entrance is located on the northern elevation along East 82nd Street and is topped by a set of five angled stone fins and illuminated lettering. The northern and eastern elevations are clad in glass with metal trim work, while the southern face is mostly covered in yellow-hued paneling.

130 East 82nd Street, photo by Michael Young

130 East 82nd Street, photo by Michael Young

130 East 82nd Street, photo by Michael Young

The development features 73,000 square feet of religious and recreational facilities, event spaces, dining halls, and office suites. There will be space for guest lectures, weddings, galas, and traditional religious programming. The structure will also contain two synagogues, two outdoor terraces, multiple social lounges, cafes, a library, demonstration kitchens, a swimming pool, a gym, and yoga studios. See YIMBY’s previous update for renderings created by Baumberger Studios.

The Moise Safra Cultural Center is a short walk from the 86th Street station, serviced by the 4, 5, and 6 trains. Also nearby are the N and Q trains, located two avenues to the east on East 86th Street. Places of interest in the neighborhood include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Central Park.

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