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                                    ...of a Powerful Mother who would not let her Sacred House be destroyedFlavia_Alaya/The_Loreto_Story.html
Our Lady of Loreto  
124-126  Sackman Street 
Brooklyn, New York
11233

MAKING IT

LIVING IT

SAVING IT...then

Thanks to the Order of the Sons of Italy, Brownsville Heritage House, NIA Productions, Preserving East New York & the people & leadership of East New York/Oceanville/Brownsville for their powerful support in the current campaign !

LIST OF CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS

This is the official website of the

Brownsville Cultural Coalition

Support our campaign to have the former RC church of  Our Lady of Loreto declared a City landmark and developed as an Arts & Cultural Center

for this under-served area of Brooklyn...

...an area that enjoys few cultural landmarks, and where there is

not a single one that marks the formative era of

Italian American immigration that Brooklyn is KNOWN for!












This structure illustrates many distinctive themes--among them:

a people’s right to worship in their own language and traditions..
.
the passionate, skilled genius & workmanship of an immigrant community...
AND--above all--the power of place to hold us, form us, and transform us!

It is a powerful reminder that neighborhoods have a history worth preserving even through changing demographics...AND that the basic principle of sustainability requires us never again to design

“affordable housing” to stand in a cultural desert!

 
...still telling the story...

website managed

by bootstrap volunteers

thanks for your patience

DID YOU KNOW? 
...that Brooklyn-- ”Bruculinu”
--a synonym for Italian America throughout the world--does not have a single real monument to this remarkable immigration era 
anywhere within its boundaries? 
Italian Americans have a special emotional bond and cultural stake in this place. The backstory of Brooklyn’s Our Lady of Loreto is the story of a huge and vibrant enclave of first and 
second-generation immigrant families struggling to be accepted against demoralizing prejudice and stereotypes. 
BUT Our Lady of Loreto can be just such a marker AND at the same time be adapted to cultural uses that serve 
present and future needs!

OpEd by Mario Toglia 
with F. AlayaSave_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/Sent%20chewing%20gum%20named%20Brooklyn.pdfSave_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/Sent%20chewing%20gum%20named%20Brooklyn.pdfshapeimage_10_link_0shapeimage_10_link_1
SIGN THE PETITION to NYC LANDMARKS 
AT CHANGE.ORGhttps://www.change.org/p/new-york-city-landmarks-preservation-commission-saving-our-lady-of-loreto-church
WHY make it a city LANDMARK?
here are NINE good reasons!Save_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/REASONS%20to%20LANDMARK4.pdf
AND A LINK HERE TO THE FULL LANDMARKING STATEMENTSave_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/FULL%20LANDMARK.pdf
SAVING IT...NOW
THE POTENTIALThe_Potential.html
A news update by the NYTimes, August 2016 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/nyregion/brooklyn-church-over-a-century-old-will-likely-make-way-for-affordable-housing.html?_r=0
Letter to Landmarks Commission from Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, August 2016 Save_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/Latrice%20Walker%20letter%20to%20NYCLPC.doc
Letter to Landmarks Commission from State Senator Jesse Hamilton, August 2016 Save_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/sen%20hamilton%20loreto%20landmarking%20letter%20081516.pdf
THE PEOPLE OF BROWNSVILLE SPEAK OUT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oueUpCrcIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oueUpCrcIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oueUpCrcIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oueUpCrcIshapeimage_20_link_0shapeimage_20_link_1
STORY ON NYC LANDMARKS COMMISSION 
by Michelle Hermann of CITY VIEWShttp://citylimits.org/2016/08/19/cityviews-the-enduring-farce-of-historic-preservation-in-nyc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CitylimitsorgHealthEnvironment+%28CityLimits.org%3AHealth%26Environment%29
New support!

Italian Charities of America

THANK YOU!
 
Want to join our coalition? Have questions? Drop a note here and we’ll follow up .https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Italian-Charities-of-America/186450288223953mailto:flavia@flaviaalaya.com?subject=Our%20Lady%20of%20Loretomailto:brownsvilleculturalcoalition@yahoo.dom?subject=Our%20Lady%20of%20Loretoshapeimage_22_link_0shapeimage_22_link_1
SEND A LETTER TO NYC LANDMARKS
opens as a Word doc 
Save_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/Letter%20to%20LPC.doc
A special webpage for those interested in some of the background of this interesting Marian devotion, which has made Our Lady of Loreto the patron and protector not just of new houses (and old) but of Italian emigrants, 
translators, aviators...
and even space travelers! 
and linked her devotion to 
Our Lady of Guadalupe...More_on_This_Marian_Devotion.html
PICTURESOLL_in_Pictures.html

the Brownsville Cultural Coalition


374 Milford St - Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11208

Phone c/o Brownsville Heritage House:

(718) 385-1111

email: brownsvilleculturalcoalition@yahoo.com

Tax-deductible donations to the

Brownsville Cultural Coalition/Save Our Lady of Loreto Campaign may be made to NIA Productions with a notation specifying that

the gift is for the BCC/SOLL



WHY PUT IT TO NEW USES ?
here are NINE MORE good reasons!Save_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/REASONS%20to%20PRESERVE2.pdf
http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/community/brownsville-overview-draft-timeline-planning-phases.pdf

ACTION

ITEMS!

00000000000000 us on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/saveOLL/

DONATE! We are pro-bono volunteers. Please send a check to support adaptive re-use, in any amount, to NIA Production (a Brooklyn-based theatrical company that is part of the Coalition) at the Milford Street address below. Mark with memo “Brownsville Cultural Coalition/SOLL” *  YOUR TAX_DEDUCTIBLE GIFT WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED!

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdf/community/brownsville-overview-draft-timeline-planning-phases.pdf
see State Preservation Office letter to Diocese
FEB 2017 asking them to work with communitySave_Our_Lady_of_Loreto_files/SHPO%20to%20Diocese%202-23-2017.pdf



 DEMOLITION 
THREAT IS REAL & IMMEDIATE!!




EMERGENCY
FUNDRAISER: 
HELP US WITH
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JULY:

APPEAL NOW BEING HEARD IN APPELLATE COURT

NEWS STORY




Images from protest  rallIES 
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Photos and photo credits Top L-R: Historic photos from Dedication Booklet 1908; Church: Flavia Alaya; Historic Photo Courtesy Mario Toglia; campaign photo: Susan C. alaia; mary statue: lore croghan (Brooklyn Eagle); black madonna from an unassigned web source.

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