The Jewish Hangout of Budapest
By Ben Harris · November 5, 2009
Years ago, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt financed the establishment of Makor, a spot on the Upper West Side that was supposed to allow Jews to do Jewish, and sometimes not-so-Jewish, things in a Jewish space that didn’t scream I’M A JEWISH SPACE!
It didn’t work. And three years ago the building was sold and Makor was folded into the 92 Street Y.
Well check out what the kids in Hungary have done: they opened Siraly in a building that they essentially occupied, after failing to win the necessary permits from the city. Three years later they’re still there.
I spent some time there Saturday night — check out the video.