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From house of worship to NYU dorm: The story of the East Village’s ‘ghost church’

By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Thu, January 18, 2018

The site in 1975, via MCNY (L); Today, via Mike Licht/Flickr (R)

The disembodied church steeple sitting in front of a 26-story NYU dorm on East 12th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues makes for one of the more head-scratching sights in New York. This jarring juxtaposition results from a confluence of powerful New York forces, including religion, immigration, real estate, and the expanding appetite of one large institution, New York University, and the shrinking resources of another, the United States Postal Service.

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