Tribeca Sukkah controversy ends

The debate over constructing a 12-foot by 14-foot Sukkah at Duane Park in Tribeca came to an end this week when Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin stepped in and identified an alternative site.

Rabbi Zalman Paris of the Chabad of Tribeca/SoHo appeared before the C.B. 1 Tribeca Committee earlier this month with his proposal to construct the primitive hut, meant to commemorate the 40 years that the Jews spent trekking through the desert during their exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Jewish holiday, Sukkot, lasts seven days.

Menin reached out to Jaffe Real Estate, who owns a vacant lot at 70 Warren Street. She brokered a deal with Rabbi Paris, the Church Street School for Music and Art (the neighboring property) and the Friends of Duane Park that will allow the Sukkah to operate for the full seven days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.