Sunday, October 6, 2013
House or church or something more?
"This church is on 45 ave and 202 street. This church has been up for a few years now and I am just wondering how it is still standing? This church has a violation against it and had 2 complaints against it already. The other problem with this church is that it owns five attached houses! How was this church even allowed to buy 5 attached houses and make only one of them a church and another one a community center instead of just tearing the lot down and building an actual building or buying an actual empty lot? I had questioned CB11 about this and they had told me that it was legal, however, they have a violation against them which they said they will address at their meeting with the Dept. of Buildings. So when they did question them, they had told the CB11 that they will look into it. This property had this violation from 7/2011 and is still not resolved!
The woman who lives right next door to this church has told me that they only open their doors on Sunday and when they do, the very few members that it does have, block her driveway. Meanwhile, they have signs up on their own property's windows saying "no parking in driveway". She has told me that when she called the police, they had told her she had no right to complain since she only rents her house. She also told me that they blast music every Sunday morning, not even in the church but outside of the church!
I was even told from another source that from Monday-Friday a woman comes in to clean at 5:30am then they play the church music and for the rest of the day, it is not opened! With 8.3 million people in this city, I wonder why they were allowed to buy 5 houses when NYC is already in a housing crunch? Call me suspicious but I think there is something more going on with this location than what the community board wants to admit!" - anonymous
At one point, they planned to put a 3-story building here, until DOB shot them down. My favorite is the herb store in the basement.