Churches in the Midst of Williamsburg’s Gentrification

Denise often talks about how important her church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is to her and her family. When her parents first moved into Williamsburg, amidst the discomfort, anguish and struggle that comes with moving to a new country, they found community in the church. To her mother, the church was family. Growing up, most of Denise’s family’s closest friends were from church, and till date they attend their church every Sunday. Church events were also some of the happiest childhood memories that Denise recounts, like the annual Giglio Feast at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. Church was not just a place of worship for Denise and her family - it was also a place people would “hang out”, especially during the Sunday mass, which was a big deal for her parents.

Churches in the Midst of Williamsburg’s Gentrification