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Mary Help of Christians Demolition OK’d, Preservationists Plan Rally

Chelsia Rose Marcius A plan to demolish Mary Help of Christians has been approved despite preservationists’ efforts to keep the century-old church standing. “It’s really a terrible loss for the East Village,” said Richard Moses, president of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. Mr. Moses said his preservation group and others requested a meeting with […]

Scaffolding Prompts Concerns at Mary Help of Christians

Workers were spotted carrying scaffolding into Mary Help of Christians Church last Friday, prompting concern among some neighbors as to whether there were any developments about the church’s future. Suzanne Rozdeba Around 3 p.m. late last week, “There was a huge Penske moving van and several workers in front of the church. The church doors […]

Preservationists to Steiner, Landmarks: Protect Mary Help of Christians

Preservationists want Douglas Steiner to keep Mary Help of Christians Church standing when he brings a residential development to a lot between East 11th and 12th Streets.

Douglas Steiner Buys Mary Help of Christians Property For $41 Million

It’s official: the owner of Steiner Studios has purchased the East 12th Street lot that includes Mary Help of Christians Church for $41 million. Douglas C. Steiner told The Local he was planning a residential project that would include some affordable housing units.

Alarm Bells at Mary Help of Christians

The bells – alarm bells, that is – sounded at a recently shuttered church on East 12th Street.

Mary Help of Christians Vandalized

Vandals broke into Mary Help of Christians over the weekend, though the church’s precious relics had been moved out earlier in the week.

Locked Out of Mary Help of Christians, Parishioners Take to the Streets

Parishioners locked out of Mary Help of Christians gathered in front of the church steps last night and chanted before a candlelit image of the Virgin Mary. They plan to return to the sidewalk every night, at 7 p.m., even during the cold of winter.

Slideshow: Last Mass at Mary Help of Christians Church

Parishioners at Mary Help of Christians celebrated mass there for the last time yesterday, many weeping over the closure of a church that some had been attending for nearly 60 years. Alberto Reyes took photos.

Film Crews On Avenue A and at Mary Help of Christians

With one last mass set for next Sunday, Mary Help of Christians is being used for film fodder again. Plus: Tom Selleck on Avenue A?

After 94 Years, No More Masses at Mary Help of Christians Church

The announcement, made after mass today, seems to confirm rumors that the sale of the church, as well as the adjacent school building and parking lot, will be finalized next month.

End May Be Nigh for Mary Help of Christians, Flea Market Prepares to Close

After years of rumors, a sale of Mary Help of Christians church is said to be finally in the works. The flea market on 11th Street may close at the end of summer.

Movie Magic! Mary Help of Christians Relocates to the Bronx

Henry Barrial is shooting “The House That Jack Built” at the church on East 12th Street today. It’ll stand in as a church in the Bronx where a baptism and wedding takes place.

Inside the Abandoned Mary Help of Christians School

The Local got a look inside the eerily abandoned Mary Help of Christians school when we visited the set of “Girl on the Train” last night. The school was closed in 2006, but remnants of it remain.

Film Turns Mary Help of Christians School Into After-Hours Club

Last night, Mary Help of Christians Church was ethereally illuminated as writer-director Larry Brand filmed scenes from “Girl on the Train,” a neo-noir thriller starring Henry Ian Cusick as a documentary filmmaker, Stephen Lang as a detective, and Nicki Aycox as the titular femme fatale.

Developers Eye Mary Help of Christians (Plus: A History of the Church)

A pastor reveals that developers have expressed renewed interest in buying the church on 12th Street.

Next Week, See the East Village and the Beats as Allen Ginsberg Saw Them

94 of the poet’s photographs will be on display at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery alongside his manuscripts, correspondence, and drawings.

St. Brigid’s to Reopen ‘Early in the New Year,’ St. Emeric’s May Be Sold

St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church, at Avenue B and East Eighth Street, has pushed back its reopening yet again.

The Day | Mata Begins Serving Next Month

The Local’s roundup of East Village news from around the Web.

Slideshow: Today’s Work On Evacuated P.S. 60 Building

East 12th Street was closed this morning so that a crane could hoist contractors who performed work on the building’s northeast corner.

Fighting for a $291 Apartment, With a $747-Per-Month Last Resort

Margaret Hearn pays just $291 per month to live in a sprawling, three-bedroom apartment in the East Village, and also keeps a $747 studio in Gramercy. Now, she’s facing eviction.