The Church


In this picture, we see the church Adelaida attended for decades before it was moved to a location where she could no longer regularly attend.


Adelaida's pastor, who preached at the church she regularly attended until it was forced to move. 

Another aspect of Adelaida’s life that has changed significantly in the past years is her ability to attend her church. For a long time, Adelaida was extremely active in her church, helping organize trips, cleaning, and working alongside the clergy. As a child, the church played a crucial role in her life outside school, as both the community center and a place for worship. As a result, Adelaida worked as many days as she could to maintain the church as an important place for her kids and the kids of South Williamsburg. However, several years ago, the church was forced to move several neighborhoods away as a result of a leasing dispute. Now, Adelaida can’t spend nearly as much time at the church as she would like to, as it’s moved so far away, and she has to take the bus to get there. The church has now become a residential complex.

As a result of gentrification, the integrity of churches all over South Williamsburg have been compromised, as depicted in a December 2012 article from Voices of NY. Carolina Ledezma, the author, quotes Baptist bishop Julio Mercado as saying, “Half of our congregation is no longer with us because they couldn’t survive in New York.”[1] If a church is not forced to move as a result of property disputes, there still exists the strong possibility that members of the church will no longer be able to attend. As not only a religious center but a salient part of the community, the church is of the utmost importance.

[1] Ledezma, Carolina. "Gentrification Threatens Future of Hispanic Churches in Williamsburg." Voices of NY. December 8, 2012. Accessed April 15, 2016.

The Church