‘Green Chuch’ fans in Ridge seek Golden rule from Marty

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The preservationists fighting to save the so-called “Green Church” are calling on a higher power to rescue Ovington Avenue’s emerald house of worship — state Sen. Marty Golden.

Five opponents of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church’s plan to tear down the 108-year-old historic edifice visited the Ridge lawmaker’s Fifth Avenue office on June 12 to deliver a petition calling on him to intercede.

“He helped with the [Key Food], maybe he can help here, too,” said Victoria Hofmo, a preservationist who heads a committee to save the church, referring to Golden’s negotiations with Walgreens, which will soon take over the Key Food space on Third Avenue and 95th Street.

Hofmo handed over 16 signatures in the first batch of petitions and said that an additional 200 signatures will be delivered to Golden’s office.

Unlike Golden, Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) has taken a strong stance in support of preserving the “Green Church,” whose dwindling congregation plans to tear down the difficult-to-maintain building to make way for a smaller house of worship funded by condos.

Golden has remained tight-lipped — but a spokesman said the Republican does believe in miracles.

“Sen. Golden believes it will take a financial angel to save the [church],” said John Quaglione. “If an individual or a corporation is willing to come forth and make a large investment, they can still save it.”

Updated 5:07 pm, July 9, 2018
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yahoo_serious from BayRidge says:
Hold on, wait a minute! SIXTEEN signatures???

This is a joke, a jest... so if she gets 4 more does it become LAW?

I thought this WHOLE COMMUNITY was unanimously behind this church being saved... meanwhile the best the preservationists can muster up is SIXTEEN signatures?

The more you hear how this story plays out, the more you think the congregation has a point.

Victoria Hofmo produces a petition with less signatures than a football team has players, and for this the congregation should be thankful?
June 22, 2008, 11:11 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
I don't think that anyone is doing the neccessary work to save this historic building. If the chruch does not want to use it, they could easily sell it to be used for other functions (not torn down, but maybe re-imagined) and move to a smaller building with revenue that generates.
I have never in my life seen a building quite like this one, and it really deserves to be saved.
This tiny petition is frankly not impressive, but with some leg work I am sure that hundreds or even thousands would be behind saving the building.
June 24, 2008, 5:10 am
DF from Bay Ridge says:
While driving through Northern NJ I came across an old Methodist church that appeared to be limestone and surprised me to see another "green church"
I was impressed at how well kept the building and grounds were. It was clear the people associated with it took pride in their house of worship.
Not only is our "Green Church" in Bay Ridge poorly kept but so are the grounds. Sad to see a tree out front was never properly pruned so as not to block that beautiful stained glass piece.
If you scroll to back articles there is a piece "Tales from the crypts at Green Church" which speaks of 211 bodies of former parishioners being exhumed and moved to Queens where "they'll be buried alongside other Methodists" according to Emerick.
I cannot help but wonder if this mans home and personal life are in the same state his parish is.

"They don't actually care about the remains," said Emerick. "They're opposed to anything that this congregation does ..." Personally Mr. Emerick, it turned my stomach to read that people who have been at rest since the 19th century were disturbed. Since the actual bulding where you and your congregation meet isn't important, please find a storefront or some other place to gather and allow a community that has such a deep appeciation for it's old architecture enjoy what remains.
July 1, 2008, 9:58 am

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