The Real Deal New York

By the numbers: NY Archdiocese looks skyward for fiscal relief

November 04, 2015 03:54PM
By Adam Warner

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

From the November issue: Worshipers attending the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at Madison Square Garden received more than a blessing. They also got a handout urging their support for a change to New York City’s policy for transferring valuable air rights. The Archdiocese of New York is in the midst of a very public campaign to have any Midtown East rezoning allow it to sell the development rights over St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“Enabling the archdiocese to sell … air rights would not only safeguard the future of the physical landmark, but it would also strengthen the archdiocese’s ability to sustain and expand its robust charitable, pastoral and educational programs,” the flyer read. [more]