a beautiful church


I live in Queens, New York City adjacent to the Brooklyn border. I often walk through Brooklyn and over the Brooklyn Bridge on my way either to or from Manhattan.

Along my route on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, a long stretch, I pass All Saints Roman Catholic Church, which is located catty-corner to Flushing Avenue at 115 Throop Avenue.

I always stop to admire this church.

The parish was organized in 1866.  The current building was constructed in 1896. It’s in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The church was established originally to serve working class German immigrants, many of whom worked in breweries in Williamsburg. Later, the neighborhood became largely Italian, as did the parish. Nowadays, the congregation is largely Hispanic.

Brooklyn is known as “the city of churches.”


— Roger W. Smith

    January 2016




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About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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