Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Maspeth church burns down

From Eyewitness News:

A second alarm fire burned through a local Methodist church in the Maspeth section of Queens.

Eyewitness News is told the fire broke out inside the Maspeth United Methodist Church on 58th Avenue just after 4:30 a.m.

Heavy fire shot through the rear of the two-story structure,

Firefighters backed out of the burning building as they battled the flames.

Officials say at least two firefighter were injured while battling the fire.


Anonymous said...

why do these churches always get burnt down in the wee hours of the night? same thing with the church in Woodside on 61st Street and 38th avenue

Anonymous said...

Because developers' guilty consciences keep them up at night!

Anonymous said...

Lightning may be to blame. Sad story.

Anonymous said...

First St. Saviour's is taken....now this!

How much pain and suffering must Maspeth endure?


Developer's lightning maybe!

Did Tommy Huang have his eye on that site?

Anonymous said...

This is a very disturbing thing to happen. This was the church I attended as a boy.

Anonymous said...

Kiss landmarking goodbye. The gods are on the developers' side!

Anonymous said...

The Devil is on the developers' side and this one doesn't wear "Prada"!

Anonymous said...

And where is our preservation community?

Calling QHS...calling 4 burros...calling LPC...calling HDC.

No answer...just a recording!

Still out to lunch.

Anonymous said...

I was born the year that congregation celebrated its 100 anniversary. My parents both belonged to that church in the 1930's, 1940's and still consider it their church today. We have a picture of my mom standing in front of the church, pregnant with me. I was baptized there, went to Sunday school there, confirmed, belonged to the MYF group and married there in 1977 before I moved to another neighborhood. My parents knew Pastor Francis, and I remember Pastor Weston, Pastor Green, Pastor L'Heureux, and Pastor Bassinger-Ishii.

Many mom's of all faiths I know from surrounding areas in Queens all took their children to the playgroup which was run for years by Mrs. J. Moran, who dedicated her life to this church. This church has such a long history in Maspeth --- let's hope its rebuilt.

One of today's photo showed the rose window which was over the choir loft until the church was remodeled in the 1970's still intact. Hopefully it can be salvaged. All of Maspeth needs to join together ---THE LAST THING WE NEED IS ANOTHER HOUSING COMPLEX DESTROYING OUR HISTORY!!!

Anonymous said...

"And where is our preservation community?"

What's to preserve? Stop griping and try getting out in the real world for a change.

Queens Crapper said...

Wow, how nasty.

In the real world, the preservation community puts lots of money toward restoration of historic structures.

In fact, Fraunces Tavern was completely rebuilt from scratch based on an architect and historian's interpretation of what it may have looked like and then landmarked.

Anonymous said...

Not only Fraunces Tavern, but also Theodore Roosevelt's townhouse birthplace.

georgetheatheist said...

The Frauenkirche (The Church of Our Lady), the Cathedral of Dresden, Germany, completely destroyed in WWII has also been reconstructed and is a major tourist attraction, as well as a house of worship, today.

Brian Blackwell said...

Does anyone know how I can donate to this church? I'd like to help them get back on their feet, but I can't find any info on how to do so. Their phone number is eternally busy.

Queens Crapper said...

Send me an e-mail and I will provide you with an appropriate contact number for the pastor.