"St. Michael's: A Neighborhood Treasure" by Kenneth Henwood, December 1997
If you are a regular here, you know that the "Throwback Thursday" feature is a somewhat haphazard showcase for old images of our buildings, streets and neighbors going back over 100 years. If you've missed it, you can catch up here or by clicking on the category at right.
Now I have what I hope will be a treat for blog-reading neighbors, whether you've lived here for years or you've just arrived. I'm calling it "One from the Vault," and the idea is to unearth great articles that appeared in the block association's newsletter over the years. Sadly, the newsletter archives are incomplete on this blog since they have not be digitized, but you can look through issues back to 2002 here. So, from time to time, as I come across old chestnuts, I'll post them here.
To get started, I've excavated a great piece written for the December 1997 newsletter by neighbor Kenneth Henwood about St. Michael's Church, an undeniable neighborhood treasure, rich in history and in sumptuous devotional decor.
Of course, the church's story didn't stop in 1997. Several years later, there was the chapter of the church's lucrative sale of its air rights to the Extell Development Company that Extell president Gary Barnett then used (along with other air rights he'd gobbled up) to develop the 37-story Ariel East tower on Broadway.
Funny enough, in his piece which you'll see a copy of below, Ken wrote "[b]y the 1880s, the church like the neighborhood growing up around it was bursting at the seams."
Ah, plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose!
Enjoy this first one from the vault.
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