Saturday, September 02, 2006

Prayerful March in the East Village Visits the Endangered and the Already Demolished

The Villager continues its coverage of dedicated Catholics trying to save the churches of lower Manhattan in their article "Prayerful march to save what's left of East Village churches"

A procession of parishioners, community leaders and others who care participated in a prayerful march to sites that included St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Brigid's, Most Holy Redeemer, Church of the Nativity and the site of St. Ann's, which has already been demolished.

Notable quotes:
"Joseph Zwilling, spokesperson for the archdiocese, was unavailable at press time for comment, but he has previously said the archdiocese intends to use the properties for other Catholic purposes and does not intend to sell them."

"But Gaglio noted that Extell, a major residential developer, has acquired 17 rent-regulated buildings between E. 14th and E. Houston Sts., including two properties at 191 Avenue A and 444 E. 12th St. next to Mary Help of Christians Church.

“Extell bought those two buildings in February just two months before the announcement of the closure of our school and church. We feel this is not just coincidence,” Gaglio said.""

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