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Church Of Scientology Building Huge Facility In Harlem

3:43 pm - 08/28/2013
Center On East 125th Street Set To Open Next Year
August 28, 2013 2:52 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Church of Scientology is coming to Harlem.

The church is building a multi-million dollarchapel and community center on East 125th Street between Second and Third Avenues.

It is slated to open next year.



Although Scientology has been blasted by some as being more like a cult than a religion, many Harlem residents are welcoming the church into the neighborhood with open arms.

“Everything has been cleaned up pretty nicely,” one woman said. “I think it’ll be nice to have a brand new building that’s in good condition.”

“I think it’s a good idea because it’s going to bring more people to this area and maybe attract more businesses too,” another woman said.

The church spent nearly $10 million to acquire the land and constructionwill cost many millions more, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.


SOURCE: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/08/28/church-of-scientology-building-huge-facility-in-harlem/
gambitia 28th-Aug-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
I mean, if it'll help the area, I guess...but...scientology.
chantalzola 28th-Aug-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeeah..... I have no clue how to feel about this.
ar_feiniel_ 2nd-Sep-2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Scientology is never a good thing to have around.
roseofjuly 28th-Aug-2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Eh. The journalist said "many Harlem residents" but only quoted one unidentified woman. I think it has yet to be seen whether a church that will likely draw most of its attendees from outside the neighborhood will really contribute to the neighborhood.
romp 29th-Aug-2013 07:21 am (UTC)
isn't Harlem gentrifying? I thought an acquaintance just posted on FB about how she went back and all the black-owned stores are now muffin stores and, IDK< gentrifying shops. But I may be confusing my boroughs...
kittymink 29th-Aug-2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
It's been gentrifying for a long time actually.
alryssa 28th-Aug-2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
ugh Scientology

chimbleysweep 28th-Aug-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well... just don't go inside the building, everyone.
chantalzola 28th-Aug-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I lol'd. A+ comment.
vivid_corners 29th-Aug-2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Haha! But yes, this, seriously :/
romp 29th-Aug-2013 07:31 am (UTC)
wise words
roseofjuly 28th-Aug-2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I've passed it before; I wouldn't exactly call it huge. It fades into the rest of the buildings pretty inconspicuously and you could easily walk right past it without realizing what you're walking past. I only noticed it because I was in the car with some friends and one of them yelled "Haha, the Scientologists are putting a church HERE?"
nikoel 28th-Aug-2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Scientologists are just as shameless Megachurch Christians. Preying on people's insecurities and fears in scam their money out of them for the promise of a better future that they have no way of delivering.
otana 28th-Aug-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
There's a Scientology "church" a little ways north of me in a rougher part of town and I can safely say it's just a gaudy, ostentatious building surrounded by rundown homes and stores with bars on the windows. I have very little faith that they'll do any kind of cleanup that doesn't benefit them directly.
ducttapeninja 29th-Aug-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
This is kind of off topic but I'm super tired today so when I saw this article I accidentally misread the title as "Church of Scientology Building Huge Harem" and was just like... what.
scolaro 2nd-Sep-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
I lol'd. ^^
hinoema 29th-Aug-2013 04:41 am (UTC)
Please, just don't start. Just... don't.
romp 29th-Aug-2013 07:34 am (UTC)
even your icon looks bored of your schtick
kittymink 29th-Aug-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
fuck Scientology
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