Church of the Nativity

Here is another mid-century house of worship that could soon meet the wrecking ball — the Church of the Nativity on 2nd Ave in the East Village.

church of the nativityThe church was built from 1968-1970, designed by the firm of Genovese & Maddalene, which specialized in churches. According to Wikipedia, it was described at the time as “starkly institutional”[ and “a modern architectural cartoon exhibiting a gross idea with no detail. Which means fans of mid-century design loved it!

The New York Archdiocese closed the church in 2015 and it is now using it as a mission church. But as the East Village continues to build, it is only a matter of time before the Catholic Church decides the land underneath the building is far too valuable for a mission church. So check it out while you still can.