Queens SurveyFree Synagogue of Flushing
Queens SurveySt. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Flushing
In the summer of 2008, the Sacred Sites Program was busy surveying Roman Catholic Churches and Synagogues in Queens, building on earlier religious property surveys in Manhattan and the Bronx. The survey is being conducted by a team of three interns with varied and complementary skills: Rosalind Streeter, a graduate student in Historic Preservation and Planning at Columbia University, is overseeing written documentation; Yasuyuki Mizushiro, an experienced architect and graduate student in Historic Preservation at Pratt Institute, is leading photography and field documentation; and Miriam Aranoff, a graduate of Barnard College with a major in Middle Eastern Studies, is focusing on public archival research, putting her Hebrew fluency to work transcribing and translating synagogue inscriptions.
Our research on Catholic churches is being shared with the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and our investigation of Brooklyn and Queens synagogues will be the basis for establishing a challenge grant fund for synagogue restoration. Each summer, as funds allow, we will expand our survey until we’ve identified historic religious properties of all denominations throughout the city.
Stay tuned – We will be posting survey data on Catholic churches and synagogues in Brooklyn and Queens soon.