Preservationists are pushing the city to landmark nearly two dozen banks, churches and architectural standouts in Jamaica - but two houses of worship they contend are most deserving don't want the designation.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission has promised to study the list of 22 sites, but pastors from two churches heralded for their beauty and history said they don't want to be picked.
Two Jamaica churches say thanks, but no thanks, to landmarking
"You're restricted with what you can do with the building," said O'Connor, adding he was "very upset" when historians led a recent walking tour into the 1927 Gothic church on Parsons Blvd. - interrupting a First Communion rehearsal.
Historian Jeff Gottlieb, who planned the May 24 tour, apologized for not contacting the pastors in advance, and stressed he never intended to barge in on the rehearsal at Presentation.