The desecration of a sacred place
The demolition of Glad Tidings Tabernacle Church on West 33rd Street, a Romanesque Revival building completed in 1868, has been happening quietly for a few months, under the cover of scaffolding. But today, we bore witness to what is left of this sacred space, which will in a blink of an eye become a hotel. As we took these photos, two young women reacted in horror and indignation at the destruction, asking me, "Wasn't this a church?" I was almost embarrassed to tell them it was. This is what we do to our churches in today's New York.
-- Rolando Pujol