Rabbis Win in Fight Against Removal of Graves for Boulevard
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Rabbis Win in Fight Against Removal of Graves for Boulevard

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The proposed removal of a number of graves from the Mt. Carmel, Mt. Lebanon and Cypress Hill cemeteries, which was involved in the projected boulevard for the Boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, was averted by a plan presented by the Vaad Harabonim, Association of New York rabbis, to the Board of Estimate at its last public hearing on the subject, held Thursday at City Hall. After considering the proposal of the rabbis’ committee the Board of Estimate adopted a resolution sanctioning the construction of the boulevard but declaring also that the Borough presidents of Brooklyn and Queens “will take cognizance of the plan proposed by the Vaad Harabonim.”

The plan presented by the Vaad Harabomim was proposed by L. Lovell. engineer and professor at Columbia University. It provides that the width of the boulevard originally intended to be 100 feet, be limited to 80 feet, which will avoid the necessity of disturbing the graves in the Jewish cemeteries.

The representatives of the Vaad Harabonim, who were present at the hearing of the Board of Estimate were Rabbis Guzick. Miller, Mordecai Aaron Kaplan. Predmesky, Feivelson, Lehman and Horenstein.

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