Ever since the Mary Help of Christians church shuttered in May 2007, taking its popular weekend flea market with it, East Villagers in search of cheap records, ironic T-shirts and War on Terror-themed rugs have had a hole in their hearts. But some day, those same bargain-hunters may be able to honor the lost rummaging destination...by living on top of it! The Real Deal reports that two-thirds of the 15,000-square-foot lot was quietly purchased by the Archdiocese of New York for $10.4 million in cash back in July. The Archdiocese already owns the church, as well as the other chunk of the old playground on Avenue A between 11th and 12th Streets. The land was purchased from a Roman Catholic order called the Salesian Society. The Archdiocese's intentions aren't known, but The Real Deal writes, "real estate professionals speculated the church parcel and playground would be sold and developed into residential housing." The Church flipping an old flea market? What's next, selling off the bingo halls?
· East Village playground in contract for $10M [TRD]