“Endangered Sanctuary-Only House of Worship in Battery Park City Slated to Close in January”

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To the editor:

Re the recent article “Endangered Sanctuary-Only House of Worship in Battery Park City Slated to Close in January” (BroadsheetDAILY November 17)

In response to the detailed and informative article by Mathew Fenton it seems to me that despite the best efforts and intentions of the Parishioners, other  Battery Park City residents, CB1, local politicians and others, plus the involvement of the BPCA and LeFrak, that the Archdiocese of New York had no intention of renegotiating the lease and keeping the Chapel open:

—The prohibitive rent increase by LeFrak in 2014 that the Archdiocese did not contest

—LeFrak reaching out to the Archdiocese about the Archdiocese contacting the BPCA to work out a reduction in LeFrak’s payments to the BPCA which would be passed along to the Chapel the the Archdiocese did not act on

It appears that there was a complete lack of desire on the part of the Church to negotiate a favorable lease renewal which could have kept the Chapel open. This assured the closure of the Chapel-what an unfortunate situation.

Thank you,
Marilyn R. Masaryk
BPC Resident

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