Midtown NYC Purchase One of Largest in Chabad History

As being reported by Chabad.org News,

In one of the largest real estate deals in the history of Chabad-Lubavitch activities across the globe, Chabad of Midtown Manhattan closed Thursday afternoon on the purchase of the 12-story, 60,000-square-foot building it’s occupied for 16 years.

Sources connected with the transaction say the building, in the heart of New York City at 509 Fifth Avenue, went for $42 million.

From its landmark second-floor location at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Midtown center currently operates a synagogue and a slew of programs, and oversees the activities of six other Chabad institutions in its section of Manhattan. Its giant sukkah, a temporary hut erected in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, draws thousands of visitors every fall at its Bryant Park location behind the New York Public Library and equidistant between Grand Central Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station.

“We serve three primary constituencies,” explained Rabbi Joshua Metzger, “the commuter working crowd, residential locals and Jewish tourists and business travelers. Every year, tens of thousands of people walk through our doors and participate in our programs.”

As for filling his newfound space, most of it currently vacant, Metzger pledged that it would go quickly.