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‘Sukkah in the City’ Comes to Times Square

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Times Square just got more crowded…at least for the next week or so. Stonehenge Partners, owners and operators of luxury apartment buildings in New York, are building “Sukkah in the City,” reportedly the first sukkah ever to be erected at the Crossroads of the World.

Inspired by the unique designs that were on view at Sukkah City in Union Square last year, this sukkah will have a façade featuring giant sunflowers, ladybugs and a blue sky — in what can be assumed to be a nod to the agricultural origins of the holiday and an ode to nature in the middle of the concrete jungle.

Sukkah dwellers can take up temporary residence in “Sukkah in the City” daily during Sukkot from 10:00 AM–8:00 PM at the Ritz Plaza Firefighter’s Memorial Park at 235 West 48th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway. Visitors are welcome to bring their own meals to eat while sitting in the structure. There’s been no word as to any kashrut restrictions, though Stonehenge Partners have stated a desire to be as welcoming as possible to the citizens of New York.

Some people in “Sukkah in the City” will be eating kosher. They are members of Chabad of Midtown, who will be on hand to teach visitors to the sukkah about the meaning of it, as well as about Sukkot rituals like the shaking of the lulav and etrog.


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