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The Other Shoe Has Dropped

by Rob Hollander

The Archdiocese announced yesterday that it will close Mary Help of Christians parish. Already facing development at Charas (P.S. 64) and St Brigid's, our neighborhood is now losing an even larger tract to the upscale, high-rise density market. And because our neighborhood is about to be rezoned, we should expect to see developers moving fast to lay their foundations under the current zoning to avoid any restrictions of a new zoning.

The latest zoning proposal from the CB will help prevent out-of-scale development, provided City Planning listens and moves fast. But we have no guarantees as yet from City Planning.

As I hear of actions and campaigns to prevent overdevelopment here, I'll keep you posted. And if you hear of any actions, please let me know.

Here are a couple of news links reporting the closure:

  • Archdiocese to Shut 21 N.Y. Parishes
  • N.Y. Archdiocese Will Close 10 Parishes

    I received this from a local member of the Mary Help of Christians parish. If you have a chance, write a letter to the addresses she provides, copying to your local elected officials, including the borough president and the mayor:

    Hi Rob,

    Thank you for sending this e-mail to the community. We are saddened and shocked by this decision, especially since we feel it is unjust and motivated for the wrong reasons. Since we are continuing to fight, it is more important than ever for people to contact the Archdiocese to help save Mary Help of Christians. Can you help us by writing or calling Cardinal Egan and/or Bishop Sullivan, who is in charge of realignment, and also send an e-mail blast to the community to do the same to support us. The contact information is:

    Most Reverend Edward Cardinal Egan
    1011 First Avenue
    New York, NY 10022-4112
    212-371-1000 (as for Card Egan's office and leave a message with his secretary)
    e-mail: joseph.zwilling@archny.org

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