Perhaps no local building defines Polish Greenpoint than St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 607 Humboldt Street. St Stanislaus Kostka is home to the largest Polish Catholic congregation in Brooklyn. Each weekend nine masses are celebrated, five in Polish and four in English. This parish also has an elementary school with 300 students and another 300 who attend Sunday school. Each Sunday thousands of the faithful attend mass there. It is where many locals were christened, received their first communion and were married. When Pope John Paul II, the Polish Pope, visited New York he had to visit his people’s church. John Paul II, still as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, prayed in the parish during his 1969 visit when he spoke from the marble pulpit, prayed near the altar and received the heartfelt wishes of hundreds of local Catholics. There is a statue of John Paul II outside the church, which implores the faithful, “Nie Boj sie,” Don’t be afraid. Continue reading
It’s Sunday. You and your pals had brunch (and a couple-three mimosas) at Nitehawk to catch the 11:45 screening of Jingle All The Way. Schwarzenegger rules. Now there’s a celeb who can successfully transition from superstardom to politics. And after the flick, you continued drinking at Luckydog—well not really continued but just started because those mimosas didn’t really count—in protest of Santacon. Screw those amateurs. Afternoon drinking with NO agenda is where it’s at.
You go out for a smoke and suddenly it’s dark outside. Then after a beer-and-a-shot or two more you and your pals are starving again so you hit up DuMont for some burgers, while devouring a shared mac and cheese and slinging back a few Brooklyn Lagers. On your way to the next bar—you could do Skinny Dennis or maybe The Abbey, but let’s just see where we end up—one of your bros decides it’d be fun to pose for some Insta pics next to some religious church statues. After all, you proclaim, Jesus is the reason for the season!
You and your buds climb up on the display, snap a few pics—and this is where the events in question get pretty hazy. You were in the moment so it’s really hard to say exactly what happened or whose fault it was. But you’re pretty sure it was Sammy who knocked over the statue as he was climbing down from taking a pic. Either way, there was a loud crash, a sense of panic, and definitely time to hightail it over to The Abbey. Holy shit, man. Literally Holy Shit. What a night. What an epic day. Praise.
Needless to say, police are searching for the dudes who knocked over the statue at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church (184 Metropolitan Ave.). And while this incident is no Ecce Homo fresco, this was still a pretty botched job. Man up, dudes, it’s time to repent.
One of Greenpoint’s oldest buildings, the Episcopal Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St.), although beautiful, does not feel as if it belongs in Greenpoint. It feels more like a church from North London transported across the Atlantic and placed on Kent Street. It is also not hard to imagine the structure in some quaint English country town.
The British feel to the building is not an accident, as it was designed by Englishman Henry C. Dudley just at the end of the Civil War and dedicated in 1866. Dudley, a major American ecclesiastical architect who built in the English Gothic Revival style, designed a few churches so lovely that they were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although Dudley built a number of American churches, Ascension is one of only four remaining Dudley churches in New York City and the only one in Brooklyn. Dudley is most famous for his buildings in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his partner Frank Wills designed the elegant Church of the Holy Trinity, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of the oldest buildings in Greenpoint and a landmark is struggling for survival. These days the 160 year-old Union Baptist Chruch at 151 Noble Street is closed and surrounded by a fence. It’s fighting demolition, but it has a champion. Pastor Mike Newberger is fighting to raise the money to save the church and its amazing historic legacy. Continue reading
Do you have a voice that clears a bar during karaoke but you always wanted to sing in a church choir? Take a hint and ring some bells instead.
Greenpoint Reformed Church is starting a Greenpoint-style handbell choir. If you’ve always wanted to participate in a musical ensemble playing beautiful music on magical bells – come out on for an informational meeting this Sunday 6/22 at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) at 12:3pm0. Beginners welcome – all you need to know is how to ring a bell! They’ll start with easy songs, then work up to THIS….Tchaikovsky – whatever.
The next love story in our Valentine’s Day series is courtesy of Rev. Ann Kansfield and Rev. Jennifer Aull, who are co-pastors at Greenpoint Reformed Churchon Milton Street. Jen is also a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in North Brooklyn and midtown. Read on to hear more about how they met and established roots in Greenpoint. Continue reading
Film Crew Polluters, Pulaski Lane Shift, Blocked Messages, The Noise Police, Sweet Buns — The Hook-Up (11/4)
Just when you thought film crews on our streets couldn’t get any more annoying, the producers of “The Knick” decided to dump all of their waste into the sewers on Milton Street after filming a storm. Well they got an unintended stormy scene from the Milton Street Block Association who were justifiably upset by this illegal action. Dear Steven Soderbergh, we are especially sensitive about illegal dumping in our neighborhood!
Walking over the Pulaski Bridge will get a lot safer next year when a new bike lane will replace a lane currently being used by speeding drivers. In the short term, this may actually lead to more accidents for bicyclists, but let’s hope it works itself out. (Daily News)
As most of you probably know, Banksy spent the past month putting up his legendary street art throughout NYC. Some people love it, some people hate it and others just don’t understand, but every property owner in NYC who got their building painted by the famous artist cashed in on the new addition except one guy in Greenpoint. (Gothamist)
In addition to not enjoying free famous street art, some Debbie Downers in our neighborhood made a big deal about silencing our friends at Adelina’s “quietest DJ night in Brooklyn” because absolute silence is what you should expect when you move into an apartment above a restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue.
And finally, in developer news, have you seen this Leonard Street church that got transformed into expensive condos? Regardless of what you think about the changing neighborhood, can you at least admit that the restoration from drab vinyl siding to beautiful bricks at least brightens up the block? (Daily News)
This Sunday (10/13) at 3pm, The Church of the Ascension (127 Kent Street) is offering a different kind of service…and opening its doors to some non-traditional guests.
Visitors are invited to bring their pets, big and small, to the church to receive a blessing. The names of loved pets who have died in the past year will also be read in rememberence.
“It is quite healing for people to experience grief for their beloved animals in a public and communal context,” said Reverend John Mertz.
The blessing will last approximately 20 minutes.
If anyone attends, let us know how it goes…and if your pup is acting more pious post-blessing.
Question: What do you do when you have very deep roots within a church that you love and sacrifice for, and then in comes a new honcho who stops ALL ACTIVITIES within the church and Parish. The Parish was finally in a good place, someplace it had not been in awhile and wham, torn to pieces again. Do you look for a new Parish or do you keep fighting those in charge?
It sounds like you’re going through some difficult changes in your local church. Who knows, you could be describing my church. Over the time that I’ve served the Greenpoint Reformed Church, lots of changes have occurred. I’m sure that some of these were greeted with joy and others…well, I know that some folks aren’t so thrilled with the changes that have been made.
Houses of worship, especially in a city as vibrant as ours, are constantly changing. Continue reading
Don’t you want to sing some old school gospel music in a grown-up choir? Come join us! All you need is a love of singing, the ability to clap, shout and just a pinch of soul. No prior experience or religious affiliation necessary. Not sure? Come to a rehearsal and try it out. You’ll be singing “Halleluyah!” before you know it!
REHEARSALS: every other Sunday, 1-3 PM at Greenpoint Reformed Church, 136 Milton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
PERFORMANCES – during Sunday worship service at Greenpoint Reformed Church and other related events
CONTACT: Choir Director Beth Price at pricebeth99 (AT) gmail.com.
All are welcome!