Construction workers were clattering away last week when we passed by the former Antiquarian flea market, housed in an old stone synagogue at 615 S. 6th St.
The antique flea market that was once housed there declined through the 2000s and finally closed in July. That was the end of a long history as the city’s first Hasidic synagogue, but thankfully, the building will live on.
On the way are 13 apartments and a leasing office, according to city records.
The owner of the building is the Fetfafzes family, which also owns Hawthorne’s, the 11th Street restaurant that was damaged in a fire. That kind of setback has a way of diverting resources, so it’s good to see work proceeding. They no doubt want to get some new customers for their other restaurant, Bainbridge Street Barrel House, which is a block away from this building.