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Our Lady of Vilnius Church will be bulldozed for luxury residences? Featured

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Last month, a permit was filed with the Department of Buildings for an 18-story, 30-unit apartment building on the site of the century-old Our Lady of Vilnius Church in New York City. But a close-knit group of Lithuanians and other ex-parishioners won’t give up.

The Villager, a weekly newspaper serving Downtown Manhattan, gives account on the matter, including interviews with members of the local Lithuanian community:

“I consider it like a terminally ill family member and I am going to sit at the bedside until the bitter end,” said Christina Nakraseive, who blogs about Our Lady of Vilnius and is the vice chairperson of the committee to save the church.

“It’s been endangered since 2006 and even though we weren’t successful in court, I guess we were able to put off what was inevitable for a long time. But now that it seems to be coming to demolition, it’s really very painful,” she said on the phone, audibly tearing up.

The church was the city’s only national parish church for the Lithuanian Catholic community.

It was established in 1909 .

The yellow brick Lombardo-Gothic church with Gothic Revival and Gothic Revival details stands at 104 West 42nd Street.

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