Friday, August 3, 2012
Residents say that Mary Help of Christians and the flea market will close for good on Sept. 1
For the past four or so years, we've been following the saga of the Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and its inevitable, unfortunate, closure to make way for a new development.
Multiple neighbors/parishioners are now saying that the church, school and adjacent property have been sold to a developer to make way for "condos and luxury apartments."
Nearby residents say all this will be effective Sept. 1 ... so if the residents are correct... this means that you have about four weeks left to enjoy the flea market here along Avenue A between East 11th Street and 12th Street...
..which has been open during the week since late July...
While there isn't any official confirmation just yet, rumors of development here have been swirling since 2008, when The Real Deal reported that two-thirds of the playground space along Avenue A had been sold in an all-cash deal for $10.4 million. That deal never materialized.
There is still a Spanish-language mass at the church every Sunday morning at 11:30.
The church opened in 1917.
For further reading:
The Church Ladies (The New York Times)