The Devil is busy at work on the corner of 4th and Ovington.
My daughter and I walked past the Green Church today to see that demolition of the Methodist Church is nigh. Workers have started removing the 211 bodies that were interred at the church in 1901.
Pastor Robert Emerick once said “We are a competent religious organization and we know how to handle human remains.”
And look at how they're handling it. They put up a garbage bag wall so no one can see how well they're handling the human remains. I climbed a ladder to see this: a back-ho and some guy looking in a hole. Very very holy. Remind me not to have them handle my remains.
On the other side of the church was a man, who I think said he was a retired head of the NY Cemetery Regulation. He was there to make sure the bodies "found a final resting spot. They deserve that." Um -- this is the 3rd time they've been moved. How many times does a dead body have to be moved before it reaches its final resting spot?
But this guy didn't just make sure everything went smoothly. He also got into a shouting match with Dorcas Kimball's mother about who said what at a CB 1o meeting. I don't know who was right but this guy didn't know how to talk to a woman. "Jerk" does not begin to describe this guy.
So here's my guess as to what is going to happen, and remember, you heard it here first:
- The congregation will tear down the church (it's their contractual responsibility).
- Betesh (the new owner) will sell the property (he already has it on the market, and his company is a management company, not a developer)
- The new owner will not build a church on the property
- Betesh and Emerick will shrug and say they have no legal ground to force the new owner to build a church
- A butt-ugly condo will be built and the new owner will hire Betesh to manage it
- Gentile will say he did all he could do, even though the church hired lobbyist James F. Capalino and Associates and lobbyist George Fontas, who happened to run Gentile's 2003 election.
- Emerick, who is not planning on building the congregation, will miraculously be offered another job at another church with a congregation in double digits.
And when it's all said and done, Bay Ridge will be the sucker.