On Sunday the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in one of the oldest synagogues in the country at 12 Eldridge Street, unveiled a spectacular new stained glass window (pictured) created for its facade by the artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. The starry, swirling blue and gold design is the long-awaited centerpiece of the Museum's 24-years-long restoration.
Organized around a central Star of David, the glass forms swirl outward with some 12,000 individual clear blue panes marked with 5-pointed gold stars. The previous window, a set of rudimentary glass blocks dating back to 1944, had been installed as a cost-effective solution when the previous stained glass was damaged. The new window, 16 feet in diameter, stands above the equally spectacular pulpit in the 123-years-old building, and as the scaffolding comes down from the building's facade Smith and Gans' will prove an equally superb addition to the frenetic Chinatown streetscape outside.