Friday, February 18, 2011

At the San Isidoro y San Leandro Western Orthodox Catholic Church of the Hispanic Mozarabic Rite

Last Thursday night, a small fire broke out on the third floor of the San Isidoro y San Leandro Church at 345 E. Fourth St. near Avenue D, as DNAinfo reported.

I'm not sure about the extent of the damage. I hope that it's minimal. This is one of those hidden treasures in the neighborhood... I've been meaning to do a little photo essay of the church...



According to the always invaluable New York City Songlines, San Isidoro y San Leandro Western Orthodox Catholic Church of the Hispanic Mozarabic Rite is "named for brothers who were successive bishops in Seville, circa 600 AD. Originally a Russian Orthodox Church, built circa 1895."




And here are some shots from last summer... when the church held a rummage sale...






I bought a few records for like 10 cents each. But you should really take a look inside some time if you have the chance.

Oh, and this isn't the part where I tell you that the church has been sold to developers... Just appreciating it while it's still here... Here's a video tour.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, my god. It's breathtaking. I want to live there (AS IS, all alone, and in my dreams, developers, so don't get any effed-up ideas).

Anonymous said...

This is kind of an odd place...there are "rummage sales" every weekend, not just in the summer. It's rumored that the guy who dresses in priest's clothing there is not a priest at all, either.

shmnyc said...

Anonymous #2 is correct: the guy who lives there is not a priest or minister or anything officially religious. He opens the doors for people to enter in order to maintain his tax-exempt status and parking space (even though he doesn't have a car).

He also rummages the neighborhood for discarded wood to burn in his fireplace, filling the neighborhood with fumes of paint and shellac. It's possible there was no fire but just toxic smoke.

Goggla said...

Oh no! This one of my favorite buildings in the neighborhood. Thanks for posting shots of the interior - it looks gorgeous, and I'll definitely take peek inside the next chance I get.

Dcn Joseph Suaiden said...

To the two commenters that attacked Fr P's clerical status: If you don't know something, don't have the audacity to speak.

He's been a monk for over most of his life. Most of his spiritual children have moved to other places. I worked with him for three years and our mission is partially based on his work.

The two negative comments are proof why gentrification is bad.

May the "fumes" annoy you for years to come, and may you have a joyous feast of Santa Pascua.