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Chapel which survived Sept 11 attacks may be killed off by rent hike

Since 2014 when rent tripled to US$264,000 a year, the parish has been borrowing from the Archdiocese of New York to cover the cost but the debt is not sustainable

“While the state has no role in the discussions between the church and its landlord, St Joseph’s is an iconic part of the neighbourhood, and we hope the parties can reach an agreement that allows the church to remain in its location.” - Battery Park City Authority

St Joseph's Chapel is an unassuming, low-ceilinged place, tucked into the ground floor of the residential complex behind the tall office towers west of the World Trade Center site.

New York

IN the stench and smoulder that followed the Sept 11 attacks, emergency workers ripped the pews out of the little Roman Catholic chapel opposite the World Trade Center site in Battery Park City in Manhattan and used the church as a command station. As the weeks passed, the pastor...

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