Stuyvesant Heights church gets $30,000 to renovate window mural

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A 146-year-old Stuyvesant Heights house of worship’s prayers have been answered — by preservationists!

The New York Landmarks Conservancy blessed Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church with a $30,000 grant to repair a massive stain-glass mural at the aging house of worship.

The leader of New York Landmarks Conservancy announced the donation on July 24, describing the money as an offering to Kings County’s divine architecture.

“We feel it is very important to help maintain religious structures that provide a sense of history and place to communities,” said Peg Breen. “Many also provide social service and cultural programs that benefit people beyond their congregati­ons.”

The 1873-built red brick church — located at 69 MacDonough St. near Tompkins Avenue — exists as charming example of classic 19th-century gothic-revival architecture, and serves more than 3,500 people through various community outreach programs — including a pre-school, after-school programs, and bi-monthly food pantries, according to Rev. Sharon Codner-Walker.

But the last roughly century and a half haven’t been kind to church’s 40-foot, stain-glass window located on the building’s Tompkins Avenue side, according to Codner-Walker, who said the conservancy’s check will fund repairs to the window and ailing wooden frame.

The Landmarks Conservancy — founded in 1973 — has provided loans and grants totalling over $52 million to various historic buildings around the state. This year, the organization provided $256,000 in “Sacred Sites Grants” to 23 religious institutions in New York, according to the group’s president.

In addition to funds — which are allotted for preservation and restoration of specific projects — the group also lends technical and architectural expertise to the owners of historic buildings, according to Breen.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, July 29, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mark from Bed Stuy says:
Finally! I was wondering when they were going to fix that rotting window, all the rain was getting in and making it worse
July 29, 2019, 6:14 am
Little Jerry Nadler says:
No doubt that window was left to rot like the inner cities run by the Democrats. I’m talking about Elijah Cummings, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker........LOL, and Obama never gave a crap either about the inner city folk who keep re-electing these failed ‘politicians’. How’d that hope and change work out for y’all?
July 29, 2019, 8:04 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
.......or maybe one of jesus’s Jihadi soldiers could just go on a shooting spree with an AR15 all together!
July 29, 2019, 8:22 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Have jesus fix it. He's supposed to be a carpenter, allegedly.
July 29, 2019, Noon

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