Over on Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, you’ll notice the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown at the corner of 54th Avenue. It’s the Gothic structure which is incongruous with its surroundings, which are mainly retail shops, a diner, and a medium sized shopping mall. The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown is one of the oldest congregations in the entire city, and certainly the oldest in Queens. Pictured above is the latest building to serve the organization, erected in 1895, the first iteration having been built in 1652.

In 1652, men dressed like this.

The exterior shots in this post are from a couple of weeks ago, from when the missus and I went couch shopping. A few years ago, I had an opportunity to set up a tripod inside the church, so there are lots of interior shots after the jump.


The developer who paid $2,980,000 for a Bushwick church and related properties last week plans to include affordable housing and a large amount of space for the church in the new building. A representative from Manatus Development Group told us the development will be rentals, with 80 percent market rate and 20 percent affordable units.

The church will get 22,000 square feet of space on the first two floors, and Manatus will pay the church’s operating expenses. The addresses are 112-116 Suydam Street, 118-120 Suydam and 605, 609 and 611 Hart Street.

Bushwick Church Sells off Its Properties for $2.98 Million [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


A pre-Civil War house with a remarkably well preserved exterior (a former Building of the Day) at 133 Carlton Avenue in Wallabout is being marketed as a development site for $5,200,000, along with two neighboring lots that include another small wood frame house and a convenience store. The house at 133 Carlton Avenue, once used as a church, is a wood frame Greek Revival house built in the 1840s.


The St. Ignatius Church and its community hall are in the process of being demolished at 267 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, where Curbed found this rendering on the fence. Building applications were filed last November to construct a five story, 165-unit apartment building, but they weren’t approved until last week.

Heights Advisors are the developers behind the 112,155-square-foot project, which will have 35 underground parking spaces and 48 open ones, a fitness room, laundry, rec room and roof terrace. The architects of record are Think Design and Architecture. Demolition photo after the jump.

What do you think of the building’s design?

Crown Heights Church-Replacing Apartment Building Revealed [Curbed] GMAP
Big Apartment Building Planned for Crown Heights South on Church Lot [Brownstoner]
Photos by Curbed


This small church at 1485 Gates Avenue near Irving in Bushwick will meet the wrecking ball soon so that a developer can build a five-story, 10-unit building. A plan exam application was filed last week for the apartment building, which will be 9,144 square feet.

The church, listed on property documents as Iglesia Cristiana Evangelistica El Divino Salvador, sold the property to an LLC last October for $735,000. Building applications reveal that the developer is Joel Berkowitz of Blue Stone Venture Capital, and the architect of record is Joseph A. Mucciolo. GMAP

Image by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


The whole Newtown Creek thing causes me to spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to Greenpoint. Famously, I walk everywhere, and one of my regular routes (from Astoria) carries through the neighborhood of Blissville. Named for Greenpoint’s Neziah Bliss, the place was originally meant to be a sort of utopian workers community which would eschew liquor and sin – a very 19th century idea. That didn’t work out, mainly because of Calvary Cemetery getting dropped into the middle of the town.

It was because of Calvary, however, that St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church was built on what was then Greenpoint Avenue at the corner of Borden. Borden is now the Long Island Expressway, but Greenpoint Avenue and the church are still there.

35-20 Greenpoint Avenue is where you’ll find it.


The Lutheran church at 1255 Bushwick Avenue that had been destined for this awkward residential conversion will now become a new seven-story building. Issac & Stern Architects are designing the 32-unit building with 21,897 square feet of residential space, according to new building applications filed last week. The building will also have 16 underground sparking spaces. St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church sold the property to Brookland Capital’s Boaz Gilad in June for $1,950,000, according to public records. No demolition permits have been filed for the two-story church or its adjacent school building.

Four-Story Modern Addition Planned for Bushwick Church Conversion [Brownstoner]


Neighbors have been trying to save Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer since the summer of 2012, when the diocese announced its plans to demolish the Gothic Revival structure at 24 4th Avenue. Unfortunately, it seems like the site is destined for high-rise condos. The church is moving forward with plans to sell the property for $17,000,000, according to Carolynn DiFiore Balmelle of the East Pacific Street Block Association.

Halstead will market the large property, she said, which allows up to 70,000 buildable square feet. (We saw a preliminary flier for the property, although there’s not yet a listing online.) However, the diocese requires that anyone who develops the land has to set aside 22,000 square feet for the church. They’re looking for a developer to build an eight- to 10-story condo building with possible ground floor retail.

The East Pacific Street Block Association had presented the diocese with an alternative to demolishing the 127-year-old church: A restorer could restore the building at no cost to the church and hand back all the retail space to them. Even though they could charge an annual rent of $400,000 for the space, church officials have resisted restoring the building, because they say it would take $4,000,000 in repairs to get it back to good condition, she said.

Yesterday we reported on a similar deal to demolish a historic theater and replace it with a private residential development that would include space for the church that last owned the building. At least five other churches in Brooklyn are currently being razed or converted to residential apartments — three in Crown Heights and two in Bushwick.

Can 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer Be Saved? [Brownstoner]
Demolition Slated for 4th Ave’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Building of the Day: 24 Fourth Avenue [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


Founded in 1879 by German Catholics, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is clad in the yellow Kreischer brick typical of the south eastern section of Astoria which borders Woodside and Sunnyside. It’s found on 30th Avenue between 44th and 43rd Streets, and if you live anywhere near it, you’re familiar with its bells.

A massive complex, the church also maintains a parochial school and (or, used to maintain) domestic residences for both priests and nuns.