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Save Our Lady of Loreto Church: Build a Better Brooklyn

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URGENT UPDATE: Demolition is now before the KINGS COUNTY SUPREME COURT. 

Help needed with our legal fees:

Landmarking will not save the building at this time, now that a demolition permit has been issued. A member of the Brownsville Cultural Coalition has filed suit against the Diocese of Brooklyn for breaching a 2010 contract with the State which compelled them to preserve this building.

The hearing date is Tuesday, May 9, at 9:30 am at Kings County Supreme Court (360 Adams Street, Room 725, Brooklyn). Please come in support, show the judge that history matters and communities matter.

The Diocese has deep pockets for lawsuits, as we all know. Please help us with paying legal fees! Every $1 helps:



Save Our Lady of Loreto –  Stop the destruction of Brownsville’s architecture, history, direct link to hardships of immigrants, equality for all and its future!

The Brownsville Cultural Coalition and the community of Brownsville is urging to Save Our Lady of Loreto church from demolition! The Coalition consists of Brownsville community residents, former parishioners, NYC residents, and cultural organizations. The coalition is urging the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate Lady of Loreto Church at 124 Sackman Street Brooklyn, NY (now 2367 Pacific Street) as a historic landmark.

The coalition wishes to landmark the church and transform it into an arts and cultural center for the residents of Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY----areas designated by NYC Council as ‘culturally underserved’.  As a cultural center it would deliver artistic/cultural events and programs to residents, by residents.  

 Our Lady of Loreto church is of national historic significance. It is a true marvel of advanced construction and first church built in Pure Italian Renaissance style in New York City from 1907. It is a rare and original example of being constructed in entirely cast stone and a complete reinforced concrete structure. This structure was funded, designed, and built entirely by Italian immigrants, in response to the discrimination they endured as new arrivals to America.

This church embodies the immigrant story of America and especially New York City. It is a reminder for fair treatment for all races, ethnicities, cultures and religions and long strides we still have to make in that regard.

I implore you to take action to preserve this historic building by signing our petition to have it designated as a New York City Landmark.

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