I cannot believe that I have been driving past this church for a decade and only just yesterday learned that it was used as a venue for bands and afterparties. WTF? Where have I been?
I definitely noticed the place before, and even wondered what was going on behind its dingy, boarded-looking doors.
Ironically, while last night was the first time I got to enter this place, it seems that it will also be the last, since rumor has it that it's going to be razed in favor of the Children's Hospital expansion.
I wish I could find out some history about this place. I'd love to know what denomination church it was, what its name was, when it ceased to be used as a church, and how it was sold.
I'm also curious about whether or not anyone is/was buried behind it, since we're talking about a 98-year-old church... it's even got a metes and bounds legal description.
I'm pretty sure the existence of buried people would cause problems for the hospital's expansion plan.
Anywhoo, the inside looks like hell. It was actually offensively dirty and smelly and chock-full of dangerous code violations (as opposed to your average whateverish code violations) which made me wonder how in the world this place was allowed to operate.
I also felt pretty bad that somebody let this super-cool church get all crapped-up.
At least I got to climb up to the tower and sit on the ledge, smoking a cigarrette and taking in the 3AM Midtown views. That was bittersweet.
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