Bring up the Bodies

Bring up the Bodies

East Village Church and Possible Cemetery Look Headed to Demolition

The Mary Help of Christians building, center. (Credit: EV Grieve)

East Village preservation groups made little headway in their battle to save a local church after the Landmarks Preservation Commission said it could not order an archeological survey to determine if a graveyard exists on the site.

Developer Doug Steiner bought the property at 181 Avenue A last year for $41 million and has plans for a 140-unit rental apartment building on the grounds of Mary Help of Christians. Preservationists hoping to spare the former church, which opened in 1917, thought the revelation that a cemetery was once located at the site could stop the wrecking ball. Read More