First Evangelical Free Church, Bay Ridge, NYC

This church is located at 6501 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, wedged between the busy Gowanus Expressway and a somewhat disused Lief Ericson Park, that runs roughly from Second Avenue to Fort Hamilton Parkway between 66th and 67th Streets. An unusual design, it was constructed with two sanctuaries separated by a central administrative building, which is topped by a steeple.

According to the church, the reason for the two sanctuaries is that when it was built in 1962, there were both English-speaking and Norwegian congregations. As the Scandinavians have been replaced in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge with newer immigrant communities, the church has evolved. One sanctuary has become a gymnasium and other congregations now share the complex with First Evangelical including the Brooklyn Arabic Bible Church and New York Chinese Evangelical Free Church.

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