Save Mary Help of Christians Church — Rally May 22
Mary Help of Christians is a 100 year old church at 436 East 12th Street with an incredible history connected to the East Village’s immigrant roots and beautiful architecture — read more about the church’s history and see photos HERE. The church was also immortalized in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Fourth Floor, Dawn, Up All Night Writing Letters.” In 2012, GVSHP and fellow community groups called for the church, and the adjacent rectory, built in the 1850s, and its nearly 90 year old school on 11th Street, to be landmarked, but the City refused. Now, a developer plans to tear them all down and replace with them new housing and retail space.
This doesn’t have to happen. The site includes a very large school yard which would allow plenty of room for new development, while the existing buildings would be great candidates for adaptive re-use — see more HERE and HERE.
GVSHP and fellow community groups will be holding a rally this coming Wednesday evening at 6 pm to call upon the developer to spare these buildings and to highlight their vitally important meaning and contribution to the East Village and to New York.
HOW TO HELP:
- Join us for the rally to Stop Demolition of Mary Help of Christians, Wednesday, May 22, at 6pm in front of the church, 436 East 12th Street (west of Avenue A).
Read more about Mary Help of Christians HERE.