Saturday, April 30, 2011

St. Mark, Sheepshead Bay


A quarter-mile north of the wharves of Sheepshead Bay, on Ocean Avenue from Jerome Avenue to Avenue Z, is the church of St. Mark, with a campanile benefiting its name.  The parish address is 2609 East 19th Street, Brooklyn NY 11235, telephone 718-891-3100, website linked here.
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A better photo is on Flickr, linked here.






Any photo may be enlarged by clicking on it.  The parish school is located at 2602 East 19th Street, Brooklyn NY 11235, telephone 1-718-332-9304.  



Rarely do Brooklyn parishes take up a full square block, but St. Mark's parish fills another block  west with school, auditorium, and parking.  This view looks west on Avenue Z towards the Sheepshead Bay subway station, and, further west, to the site of the parish's first two churches, each wooden and each unfortunately destroyed by fire (1891, 1929).  A photo of the second church on the southeast corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and East 14th Street (west of the Brighton Line) is here on the parish website.  
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Brian Merlis, who has written numerous interesting books on Brooklyn history, treats of St. Mark's parish in his volume titled "Brooklyn's Gold Coast: The Sheepshead Bay Communities." 

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